All-Ireland Light-bellied Brent Goose Census

abundance_lbbgc_lightbelliedbrentgeeseThe All-Ireland Light-bellied Brent Goose Census began in winter 1996/97 to monitor the East Canadian High Arctic Light-bellied Brent Goose Branta bernicla hrota population. The aims of the census are to determine the size of the population, assess annual breeding success and identify important wintering sites.

The census involves two coordinated counts, one in autumn and one in spring, at various sites in Ireland. Counters record the number of geese present and the age structure of the flocks.

Results

A summary of the results from the census can be found on the Canadian Light-bellied Brent Goose species account page.

Getting involved

Counters interested in taking part in the census need to be confident in identifying Light-bellied Brent Geese and have some experience in counting birds. Knowledge of how to age geese may also be required at sites where age assessments are undertaken.

The census is annual and consists of two counts (one in autumn and one in spring) undertaken on pre-determined dates and mainly covers coastal counties in Ireland.

If you are interested in participating in this census please contact the WWT’s GSMP Team, who will put you in touch with the Irish Brent Goose Research Group.

Partners

The All-Ireland Light-bellied Brent Goose Census is organised by the Irish Brent Goose Research Group.