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Record number 421827
Title Current estimates of goose population sizes in western Europe, a gap analysis and assessment of trends
Author(s) Fox, A.D.; Ebbinge, B.S.; Mitchell, C.; Heinicke, T.; Aarvak, T.; Colhoun, K.; Clausen, P.; Dereliev, S.; Farago, S.; Koffijberg, K.; Kruckenberg, H.; Loonen, M.J.J.E.; Madsen, J.; Mooij, J.; Musil, P.; Nilsson, L.; Pihl, S.; Jeugd, H. van der
Source Ornis Svecica 20 (2010). - ISSN 1102-6812 - p. 115 - 127.
Department(s) CE - Molecular Ecology Ecotoxicology and Wildlife Management
Publication type Refereed Article in a scientific journal
Publication year 2010
Abstract We estimated the size of 30 defined populations of geese
wintering in the Western Palearctic (including five released
or reintroduced populations of three species).
Fourteen populations were accurately estimated from almost
full count coverage or robust sampling and ten were
well estimated based on more than 50% of their total being
counted. An estimated 5.03 million geese wintered
in January 2009, up on 3.10 million in January 1993.
Only two populations numbered less than 10,000 birds
(Scandinavian Lesser White-fronted Goose and Svalbard/
Greenland Light-bellied Brent Goose, the former
being critically small within restricted range). Eighteen
populations numbered 10,000–100,000, eight 100,000–
1,000,000 and the largest 1.2 million individuals. Of 21
populations with known longer term trends, 16 are showing
significant exponential increases, 4 are stable and one
declining. Amongst these same populations, five are declining
since the 1990s. Long term declines in productivity
were found in 7 out of 15 populations. Amongst most
of the 11 populations for which data exist, there were no
significant long-term trends in annual adult survival. Improved
monitoring, including demographic, is required
to retain populations in favorable conservation status.
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