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International Waterfowl Counts.

Annual Midwinter Counts have been organised in Sweden as a part of the   International Midwinter Counts (IWC) of Wetlands International since the start of the counts in 1967. 

An analysis of the first fifty years of midwinter counts in Sweden was published in Ornis Svecica 2016 and can be downloaded here.

Waterbird midwinter counts fifty years

International Goose Counts in Sweden  

Regular country-wide goose counts within the framework of the Goose Specialist Group of Wetlands International are undertaken in Sweden since 1977/78.

Annual reports from the Waterfowl and Goose counts are published

Download the latest report here (2015/16) 


Contact information:

Leif Nilsson                         Fredrik Haas (Waterfowl counts)
Ecology Building                   Ecology Building
S-223 62  Lund                    S-223 62  Lund
Sweden                              Sweden

leif.nilsson@biol.lu.se          fredrik.haas@biol.lu.se




The decrease of the Long-tailed Duck in the Baltic continues

In the winter 2016 a new survey of the wintering waterbirds in the Baltic was undertaken. The data from Sweden are no ready to present.

The Longtailed Duck has shown a dramatic decrease in numbers during recent years. The estimated population in Swedish waters have decreased from 1.4 mill. in 1992/93 to about 0.5 mill. in 2009. The decrease has continued to 2016 when the total was estimated to be 370000 in Swedish waters.

The results of the Swedish counts are found on the link below.

Offshore Swedish Seabird Counts

An analysis of the distribution and numbers of wintering Long-tailed Ducks in Swedish waters have just been published in Ornis Svecica and can be downloaded below:

Ornis Svecica 2016:3


Highest goose count ever in Sweden in October 2015

In October 2015, the total number of geese counted in Sweden was 591765, which is the highest count since the start of the goose counts in 1977. The most common species was the Barnacle Goose with 317000 followed by Greylag Goose 158000 and Bean Goose 71000.


A project studying the migrations and the ecology of the Greylag Goose started in 1984 and is still going on. It started first as a joint Nordic program but was then continued in Sweden and Norway.

For further information on the project and the results follow the links below:

Ekology and migrations of Swedish Greylags

Migrations of Nordic Greylag Geese



In January 2015 a full cover survey (based on aerial counts and ground counts) of the inner coastal waters of Sweden from the Norwegian Border in the west to the Stockholm archipelago in the Baltic was undertyaken for the third time. Similar counts have previously been undertaken in 2004 and 1971. The total count was 616000 compared to 570000 in 2004 and 174000 in 1971. Offshore seaducks such as the Long-tailed Duck was not included.

The results can be found by folloowing the link below:

Kustfågelinventeringen 2015



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