Contact information:

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



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

Download the latest report here (2016/17) 



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 (2016/17) 





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:

Country-wide survey 2015

A follow-up survey covering the offshore waters were made in the winter 2016

see: Offshore Swedish Seabird Counts


High count of Bean Geese in Sweden in 2016/17

The results from the 2016/17 goose counts in Sweden are now in place in the data-base. This season was number 40 since the start of the counts in 1977/78.

The highest total was as usual noted for October with 520000, which is lower than in 2015 when 592000 were counted.

The number of Bean Geese counted was the highest since the start of the counts with 84000 in October and 55000 in January. The majority of the Bean Geese are Taiga Bean Geese but the Tundra Bean Geese have been commoner in the country in recent years, 8274 were counted in October and 3128 in January.

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



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 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 mumbers wintering in Swedish waters in 2016 were  estimated to be 370000, but it is not yet clear if there is a general decrease in the winterig Baltic population or whether it is a redistribution.

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



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