Protection of the Red-breasted Goose in the Winter Habitats Durankulak and Shabla, Bulgaria

Conservation of the winter habitats of the Red-breasted goose (Branta ruficollisat) on the Bulgarian Black Sea coast through the purchase and specific management of land.

The Shabla and Durankulak lakes, close to the coast of the
Black Sea and not far from the Rumanian border, form the most important winter habitats (together with the Rumanian habitats) for the globally threatened Red-breasted goose. About 60.000 geese overwinter in Bulgaria each year which is about 80% of the world's population. Another 14.000 individuals live in the smaller areas on the Rumanian side. This shows the high ecological importance of this area.


Photo: Christian Frauli

A few years ago, Bulgarian NGO´s (Green Balkans, Le Balkan-Bulgaria) started to buy the most important areas around the Shabla and Durankulak lakes.  80 hectares of agriculture lands have already been purchased inland.

Partner: BSPB, Green Balkans and Le Balkan, EECONET Action Fund, Royal Society for Protection of Birds, BirdLife International


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