Population information

Order name Ciconiiformes
Family name Ardeidae
Scientific name Ardea cinerea Common name Grey Heron
Population name cinerea, Central & Eastern Europe
Breeding range C & E Europe, Black Sea, Mediterranean Non-breeding range Some migration to S of breeding range
Red List Category Least Concern
Ramsar regions Africa Europe
Notes In WPE2 this population belonged to one single population (E B Sea & W/SW Asia (bre)).

Conservation Framework

Conservation framework Notes
AEWA
EUBD
Note:

Population size

Publication Start year End year Minimum Maximum Estimate quality Notes References Actions
WPE 4 0 0 189,000 256,000 [R431]
WPE 3 0 0 189,000 256,000 [R431]
WPE 5 2000 2000 189,000 256,000 Expert opinion [R280] [R431]
CSR 4 2000 2000 189,000 256,000 Expert opinion [R280] [R431]
CSR 5 2000 2000 189,000 256,000 Expert opinion [R280] [R431]
CSR 6 1990 2012 288,000 426,000 Expert opinion [S8485] [R63] [R1362] [R1371]

Population trends

Publication Start year End year Trend Trend quality Notes References Actions
WPE 4 1985 2005 INC [R668]
WPE 3 1991 2001 INC [R604]
WPE 5 1995 2005 INC Poor [R668]
CSR 4 1995 2005 INC Poor [T2253] [R668] [R904]
CSR 5 1995 2005 INC Poor [R668]
CSR 6 2000 2012 STA Poor [T6480] [R1362] [R63] [R1361]

Population 1% level

Publication Yearset 1 percent Note
WPE 4 2006 2200
WPE 3 2002 2200
WPE 5 2012 2200
CSR 4 0 -1
CSR 5 0 -1
CSR 6 0 -1

References

  • R431 - Marion, L. Ulenaers, P. and van Vessem, J. 2000. Herons in Europe. Pp 1-31 in: Heron Conservation (James.A. Kushlan and Heinz Hafner, Eds.). Academic Press, London.
  • R668 - Unpublished information supplied by Wetlands International Specialist Groups, 2006.
  • R604 - Specialist]] Unpublished information supplied by Wetlands International Specialist Groups, 2002.
  • R280 - Hafner, H. 2000. Herons in The Mediterranean. Pp 32-54 in: Heron Conservation (James.A. Kushlan and Heinz Hafner, Eds.). Academic Press, London.
  • R904 - Wetlands International. November 2007. Unpublished population trend analysis based on the IWC database of January counts in Europe using TRIM software.
  • R63 - BirdLife International (2004)b. Birds in Europe, population estimates, trends and conservation status. Cambridge, UK: BirdLife International. (BirdLife Conservation Series No. 12).
  • R1362 - European Topic Centre on Biological Diversity (in prep) Population and trend data provided by the EU Member States in the frame of their reporting under Article 12 of the EU Birds Directive. Online fact sheets. European Topic Centre on Biological Diversity, Paris. URL: http://bd.eionet.europa.eu/activities/Reporting/Article_12/Reports_2013/Member_State_Deliveries. Accessed on 31 July 2014.
  • R1371 - Dodman, T. 2014. Status, Estimates and Trends of Waterbird Populations in Africa: AEWA-listed African populations. Wetlands International. (CSR6 African populations) URL: https://www.wetlands.org/publications/1304/
  • R1361 - BirdLife International, BTO, EBCC, CSO, IUCN, RSPB, SOVON, Wetlands International (in prep) Population and trend data provided to the European Red List of Birds Project funded by the European Commission. Digital dataset. BirdLife International, Cambridge, UK. Accessed on 31 July 2014.
  • R1549 - BirdLife International 2015. European Red List of Birds. Luxembourg: Office for Official Publications of the European Communities. http://datazone.birdlife.org/info/euroredlist
  • R1548 - Wetlands International (2017) Flyway trend analyses based on data from the African-Eurasian Waterbird Census from the period of 1967-2015. Ede, The Netherlands: Wetlands International. Temporary URL: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/r76f4eyuhzu65co/AADzzQkhySsUDsmwFJUcHs91a?dl=0

Notes

  • T2253 - 914. Hardly increasing in Baltic and E Mediterranean.
  • S8485 - New estimates only available for EU Member States: 25,766-34,216 pairs in total (European Topic Centre on Biological Diversity, in prep.). Numbers for countries without updated data add up to 70,108-107,913 pairs (BirdLIfe International, 2004). Casual breeder in Egypt (Dodman, 2014). Thus the estimated total is 288,000-426,000 individuals.
  • T6480 - Trend assessment is based on incomplete data for the population. Based on this partial information, breeding numbers were stable (-1.94% - +1.89% p.a., -0.56 - +0.68% p.a.) during 2000-2012 and 1980-2012 respectively (European Topic Centre on Biological Diversity, in prep., BirdLife International et al., in prep.).
  • S8842 - 107,317-153,025 pairs in Europe (BirdLife International 2015). Casual breeder in Egypt (Dodman, 2014).
  • T7157 - BirdLife International (2015) estimates the trend to be positive in the short-term and stable in the long-term. Wetlands International (2017) found a negative short-term trend and also a stable long-term one.



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