Population information

Nom ordre Anseriformes
Nom famille Anatidae
Nom scientifique Anser fabalis Nom courant Bean Goose
Nom population fabalis, North-east Europe/North-west Europe
Aire de reproduction Scandinavia E to West Siberia Aire de non-reproduction NW Europe
Catégorie de la Liste Rouge Least Concern
Regions Ramsar Asia Europe

Réseau de conservation

Réseau de conservation Notes

Taille de population

Publication Start year End year Minimum Maximum Estimate quality Notes References Actions
WPE 1 0 0 80,000 80,000 No quality assessment [R532]
WPE 2 0 0 80,000 80,000 No quality assessment [R532]
WPE 3 0 0 100,000 100,000 No quality assessment [R424]
WPE 4 0 0 70,000 90,000 No quality assessment [R488]
WPE 5 1999 2011 40,000 45,000 Census based [R866]
AEWA CSR 4 2005 2005 70,000 90,000 Expert opinion
AEWA CSR 5 1999 2009 63,000 63,000 Expert opinion [R866]
AEWA CSR 6 2011 2011 50,000 70,000 Expert opinion [S8495] [R1406] [R1407]
AEWA CSR 7 2015 2015 52,000 52,000 Census based [R1565]

Population trends

Publication Start year End year Trend Trend quality Notes References Actions
WPE 1 1980 1985 INC No quality assessment [R532]
WPE 2 1980 1985 INC No quality assessment [R532]
WPE 3 1990 1999 STA No quality assessment [R424]
WPE 4 1994 2004 DEC No quality assessment [T2473] [R488]
WPE 5 1999 2009 DEC Reasonable [T5690] [R866] [R891]
AEWA CSR 4 2005 2005 DEC Reasonable
AEWA CSR 5 1999 2009 DEC Reasonable [T2474] [R866] [R891]
AEWA CSR 6 2002 2012 DEC Reasonable [R1406]
AEWA CSR 7 2006 2015 DEC Good [T6881] [R1565]

Population 1% level

Publication Yearset 1 percent Note
WPE 1 1994 800
WPE 2 1997 800
WPE 3 2002 1000
WPE 4 2006 800
WPE 5 2012 420
AEWA CSR 4 -1 -1 Not Set
AEWA CSR 5 -1 -1 Not Set
AEWA CSR 6 -1 -1 Not Set
AEWA CSR 7 2018 520


  • R532 - Pirot, J-Y., Laursen, K., Madsen, J. and Monval, J-Y. 1989. Population estimates of swans, geese, ducks, and Eurasian Coot (Fulica atra) in the Western Palearctic and Sahelian Africa. In: Boyd, H. and Pirot, J.-Y. (eds.). Flyways and Reserves Networks. IWRB Spec. Publ. No.9. Slimbridge, UK
  • R424 - Madsen, J., Cracknell, G. and Fox, A.D. (eds). (1999). Goose populations of the Western Palearctic: A review of status and distribution. Wetlands International Publication No.48. Wetlands International, Wageningen, The Netherlands; National Environmental Re
  • R488 - Nilsson, Leif and Thomas Heinicke in litt. 2005.
  • R866 - Fox, A.D., Ebbinge, B.S., Mitchell, C., Heinicke, T., Aarvak, T., Colhoun, K., Clausen, P., Dereliev, S., Faragao, S., Koffijberg, K., Kruckenberg, H., Loonen, M.J.J.E., Madsen, J., Mooij, J., Musil, P., Nilsson, L., Pihl, S., and Van der Jeugd, H. 2010. Current estimates of goose population sizes in estern Europe, a gap analysis and an assessment of trends. Ornis Svecica 20: 115-127
  • R891 - Heinicke, T. In litt 2011.
  • R1406 - Heinicke, T. 2013. The Taiga Bean Goose – Population distribution and migration, status and trends, status of knowledge, scientific and monitoring efforts. Presentation at the Flyway Management Workshop for the Taiga Bean Goose (Anser f. fabalis) 05 December 2013, Kristianstad, Sweden.
  • R1407 - Fox, A., in litt. 2014
  • R1565 - Fox, A.D. & Leafloor, J.O. (in prep) A global audit of the status and trends of Arctic and Northern Hemisphere goose populations.
  • R1649 - Heldbjerg, H., Fox, A. D., Christensen, T. K., Clausen, P., Kampe-Persson, H., Koffijberg, K., Kostiushyn, V., Liljebäck5, N. Mitchell, C., Nilsson, L., Rozenfeld, S., Skyllberg, U. & Alhainen, M. (2020). Taiga Bean Goose Population Status Report 2019-2020.
  • R1650 - Heinecke. T., Fox, A.D., de Jong, A. (2018). A1 Western Taiga Bean Goose Anser fabalis fabalis. In: Fox, A.D. & Leafloor, J.O. (eds.). A Global Audit of the Status and Trends of Arctic and Northern Hemisphere Goose Populations (Component 2: Population accounts). Conservation of Arctic Flora and Fauna International Secretariat: Akureyri, Iceland. Pp. 4-9.
  • R1651 - Johnson, F., Jensen, G., & Heldbjerg, H. (2020). HARVEST ASSESSMENT FOR TAIGA BEAN GEESE IN THE CENTRAL MANAGEMENT UNIT: 2020.


  • T2473 - 494: Simultaneous decreases have been recorded in staging sites in Sweden and wintering sites in Germany.
  • T5690 - Ellermaa et al. 2010. Long-term trend ? Stable; Heinicke, T. In litt 2011.Trend 1999-2009 - Decline: Intensive surveys in January 2010-11 suggest decrease between 2004-5 and 2010-11 may be as much as 50%.
  • T2474 - 876. Long-term trend – Stable; Trend 1999-2009: - Decline 901:. Intensive surveys in January 2010/11 suggest decrease between 2004/5 and 2010/11 may be as much as 50%.
  • S8495 - Heinicke (2013) estimated the numbers at 40,000-45,000 based on data from 2011. However, Fox (in litt.) suggests that 2011 was an exceptional year with many geese missed through hard weather movements and he accounts for 2,500-3,000 in the western unit, 40,000-50,000 wintering in S Sweden/SE Denmark and 12,000-23,000 in Germany/Poland.
  • T6881 - -6% p.a..
  • S9182 - Heldbjerg et al. (2020) has reported 80,700 individuals for the Central Management Unit for October 2019 based on counts and an IPM. Preliminary counts for the Western Management Unit totalled at 1,377 individuals. No information is available for the Eastern Management Unit. The available estimates reported by Heldbjerg et al. (2020) are clearly much higher than the estimate provided by Heinecke et. al. (2018). However, they have estimated the size of the birds wintering in northeast Germany, northwest Poland and the Netherlands) at 15,000 birds. The information available for the Western and Central Management Units is taken as the minimum estimate. The maximum estimated by adding the old estimate for the Eastern Management Unit.
  • T7263 - The size of Central Management Unit has increased from less than 60,000 individuals based on October counts to around 80,000 birds (Johnson et al., 2020). The trend in the Eastern Management Units is unknown but its size is smaller than the increase in the Central Management Unit alone. Therefore, it is assumed that the overall population has increased in the short-term. However, the population has fallen from an estimated 100,000 in the mid-1990s (Heinecke et al. 2018). Therefore, it is still in long-term decline.

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