The waterfowl census
has been conducted synchronously worldwide since 1967. It includes over 15,000 people.
This year, from 14 to 17 January, 42 teams of experts and volunteers of the Bulgarian Society for the Protection of Birds
and representatives of other organizations managed to collect and summarize data on wintering birds
in over 200 wetlands in Bulgaria
The main concentration of birds is again registered on the Black Sea coast
. In the area south of Sunny Beach
, the areas are especially important. Via Pontica
also passes here. There are relatively few birds on the Danube due to the high level of the river these days.
The unusually high temperatures in the country, which were registered a week before the census, led to a much lower number of wintering waterfowl species
than last year's census.
About 90% of the data is currently processed. The total number is 229,502 individuals, in 2020 it was 247,908, in 2019 - 361,933, in 2018 - 130,000.
The southern Black Sea coast
is traditionally a favorite place for ornithologists
. Every year they spend months here, with accommodation
from Saint Vlas
to Sozopol. Alternative tourism
is one of the possibilities of the tourism industry
for survival. The development of the region depends on its flexibility.