We are starting the annual monitoring of wintering geese in Bulgaria this weekend where experts and volunteers of the Bulgarian Society for the Protection of Birds will go to the field to search them. The regions where the monitoring will take place are Coasltal Dobrudzha, the Burgas wetlands and the Svishtov-Belene lowland. The activities will last until March twice a month. National coordinator is Mihail Iliev, who is an expert in BSPB and responsible for monitoring and conservation activities within the “LIFE for a Save Flight” project.
Traditionally, the geese arrive in the Svishtov region at the end of October. This year was no exception. Therefore, we have already conducted the first monitoring there and observed 6,447 Greater White-fronted Geese. In addition, above the swamps in the Persina Nature Park we registered and photographed the rare for our latitudes Barnacle Goose (Branta leucopsis). We are still waiting for the first Red-breasted Geese for the season. The geese tagged with transmitters, which we continue to monitor, are still quite far away. You can see their movements here.
During the current autumn-winter season, together with our partners from other countries where the Red-breasted Geese winter, we will conduct several internationally coordinated monitorings – in Bulgaria, Romania and Ukraine. This larger monitoring is very valuable and provides information and an overview of the wintering sites of the global Red-breasted Goose population and, in addition – of the Greater White-fronted Goose population.