Species Action Plans Red-breasted Goose (Branta ruficollis)
This species has a moderately small population which appears to have declined rapidly over a short time period. The reasons for this decline are largely unknown. Small populations of other Arctic breeding geese have shown dramatic population fluctuations and this may prove to be the case for this species. However, the species is precautionarily listed as Endangered. [source: Birdlife.org]
[Red-breasted Goose (Branta ruficollis) Europe 2010]
The Red-breasted Goose is a globally threatened species. It is classified as Endangered on the IUCN Red List. The species suffered a large and rapid decline in population size following 2000, and is now highly concentrated at a relatively low number of sites, increasing its vulnerability to threats. It is assigned a high level of protection under international environmental agreements and legislations. The Red-breasted Goose breeds in Arctic Russia and migrates in winter around the northern and western coasts of the Black Sea. It occurs almost entirely in five countries – Bulgaria, Kazakhstan, Romania, the Russian Federation and Ukraine – which therefore have a special responsibility for the conservation of the species. This plan identifies the key actions required to improve the conservation status of the Red-breasted Goose. Experts from all range states identified the most important threats to the species, and have determined a series of actions to remove the threats or mitigate their effects. The aim of the plan is to remove the Red-breasted Goose from the IUCN Red List.
Cranswick, PA, L Raducescu, GM Hilton & N Petkov. 2010. International Single Species Action Plan for the conservation of the Red-breasted Goose Branta ruficollis, 2011?2020. Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust/BirdLife International