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title in English
ME-2 Monitoring the estuary along the Zeeschelde - waterbirds
title in nl
ME-2 Monitoring estuarium langs de Zeeschelde - watervogels
Description in English
Since October 1991, the number of waterbirds are monthly counted by INBO along the Zeeschelde, from the Belgian-Dutch border to Ghent. Originally, counting occurred during winter (October - March), from 1993 counting also occurs during the summer. Summer counts (April (except June) - September) between Antwerp and Ghent stopped in 2018/19. In summer, counting is only done on an area-wide basis in June. Since the winter of 1995/1996, counting has also been done along the Rupel (Rupel estuary - sas van Wintam). Countings are done from a boat at low tide and spread over three days. All waterfowl species (and waders) are counted since the beginning, gulls and terns are counted since October 1999. Counts along the tributaries (except the part between the Rupel estuary to Wintam) occur from the river bank by volunteers. Gulls, terns, curlews, lapwings and moorhens have been counted along the tributaries since October 1999.
Abstract in English
Monthly counts of observed waterbirds for the Zeeschelde and its tributaries.
Estuaries. Research Institute for Nature and Forest: Belgium; (2021): ME-2 Monitoring the estuary along the Zeeschelde - waterbirds.

Temporal coverage

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Accrual periodicity

Geographical coverage

Belgium, Dijle R.
Belgium, Durme R.
Belgium, Rupel R.
Belgium, Zeeschelde
Belgium, Zenne R.

Thesaurus terms



Biology > Birds
Biology > Ecology - biodiversity
Coastal studies (e.g. shores, estuaries)

Taxonomic terms

Taxon keywords
Actitis hypoleucos (Linnaeus, 1758)
Aix galericulata (Linnaeus, 1758)
Aix sponsa (Linnaeus, 1758)
Alle alle (Linnaeus, 1758)
Alopochen aegyptiaca (Linnaeus, 1766)
Anas acuta Linnaeus, 1758
Anas bahamensis Linnaeus, 1758
Anas carolinensis Gmelin, 1789
Anas clypeata Linnaeus, 1758
Anas crecca Linnaeus, 1758
Anas cyanoptera Vieillot, 1816
Anas penelope Linnaeus, 1758
Anas platyrhynchos Linnaeus, 1758
Anas querquedula Linnaeus, 1758
Anas sibilatrix Poeppig, 1829
Anas strepera Linnaeus, 1758
Anser albifrons (Scopoli, 1769)
Anser anser (Linnaeus, 1758)
Anser caerulescens Brisson, 1760
Anser canagicus (Sevastianov, 1802)
Anser fabalis (Latham, 1787)
Anser indicus (Latham, 1790)
Ardea cinerea Linnaeus, 1758
Ardea purpurea Linnaeus, 1766
Arenaria interpres (Linnaeus, 1758)
Aythya ferina (Linnaeus, 1758)
Aythya fuligula (Linnaeus, 1758)
Aythya marila (Linnaeus, 1761)
Aythya nyroca (Güldenstädt, 1770)
Aythya valisineria (Wilson, 1814)
Botaurus stellaris (Linnaeus, 1758)
Branta bernicla (Linnaeus, 1758)
Branta canadensis (Linnaeus, 1758)
Branta leucopsis (Bechstein, 1803)
Bucephala clangula (Linnaeus, 1758)
Calidris alba (Pallas, 1764)
Calidris alpina (Linnaeus, 1758)
Calidris canutus (Linnaeus, 1758)
Calidris ferruginea (Pontoppidan, 1763)
Calidris minuta (Leisler, 1812)
Charadrius alexandrinus Linnaeus, 1758
Charadrius dubius Scopoli, 1786
Charadrius hiaticula Linnaeus, 1758
Chenonetta jubata (Latham, 1801)
Chlidonias hybrida (Pallas, 1811)
Chlidonias niger (Linnaeus, 1758)
Chloephaga picta (Gmelin, 1789)
Ciconia ciconia (Linnaeus, 1758)
Cygnus atratus (Latham, 1790)
Cygnus columbianus (Ord, 1815)
Cygnus olor (Gmelin, 1789)
Egretta alba (Linnaeus, 1758)
Egretta garzetta (Linnaeus, 1766)
Fulica atra Linnaeus, 1758
Gallinago gallinago (Linnaeus, 1758)
Gallinula chloropus (Linnaeus, 1758)
Gavia stellata (Pontoppidan, 1763)
Grus grus (Linnaeus, 1758)
Haematopus ostralegus Linnaeus, 1758
Ixobrychus minutus (Linnaeus, 1766)
Larus argentatus Pontoppidan, 1763
Larus cachinnans Pallas, 1811
Larus canus Linnaeus, 1758
Larus fuscus Linnaeus, 1758
Larus hyperboreus Gunnerus, 1767
Larus marinus Linnaeus, 1758
Larus melanocephalus Temminck, 1820
Larus michahellis J.F. Naumann, 1840
Larus minutus Pallas, 1776
Larus ridibundus Linnaeus, 1766
Limosa lapponica (Linnaeus, 1758)
Lophodytes cucullatus (Linnaeus, 1758)
Melanitta fusca (Linnaeus, 1758)
Melanitta nigra (Linnaeus, 1758)
Mergus albellus (Linnaeus, 1758)
Mergus merganser Linnaeus, 1758
Mergus serrator Linnaeus, 1758
Netta rufina (Pallas, 1773)
Numenius arquata (Linnaeus, 1758)
Numenius phaeopus (Linnaeus, 1758)
Oxyura jamaicensis (Gmelin, 1789)
Phalacrocorax carbo (Linnaeus, 1758)
Philomachus pugnax (Linnaeus, 1758)
Phoenicopterus ruber Linnaeus, 1758
Platalea leucorodia Linnaeus, 1758
Pluvialis apricaria (Linnaeus, 1758)
Pluvialis squatarola (Linnaeus, 1758)
Podiceps cristatus (Linnaeus, 1758)
Podiceps grisegena (Boddaert, 1783)
Podiceps nigricollis Brehm, 1831
Rallus aquaticus Linnaeus, 1758
Recurvirostra avosetta Linnaeus, 1758
Rissa tridactyla (Linnaeus, 1758)
Scolopax rusticola Linnaeus, 1758
Somateria mollissima (Linnaeus, 1758)
Stercorarius parasiticus (Linnaeus, 1758)
Stercorarius skua (Brünnich, 1764)
Sterna albifrons Pallas, 1764
Sterna hirundo Linnaeus, 1758
Sterna paradisaea Pontoppidan, 1763
Tachybaptus ruficollis (Pallas, 1764)
Tadorna cana (Gmelin, 1789)
Tadorna ferruginea (Pallas, 1764)
Tadorna tadorna (Linnaeus, 1758)
Threskiornis aethiopicus (Latham, 1790)
Tringa erythropus (Pallas, 1764)
Tringa nebularia (Gunnerus, 1767)
Tringa ochropus Linnaeus, 1758
Tringa totanus (Linnaeus, 1758)
Uria aalge (Pontoppidan, 1763)
Vanellus vanellus (Linnaeus, 1758)


Instituut voor Natuur- en Bosonderzoek
Vlaams Instituut voor de Zee
Gunther Van Ryckegem

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Dataset references

is part of
ME: Monitoring Estuary.Monitoring the estuary of the Zeeschelde
has part
ME-2a. Boat counts waterbirds along the Zeeschelde since 1991
ME-2b. Counts of Anas strepera and Anas crecca on the Zeeschelde
ME-2c. Detailed counts of aquatic bird habitats along the Zeeschelde (Belgium)
ME-2d. Influence of food availability and disturbance on the distribution of the Common Schelduck Tadorna tadorna along the Zeeschelde, Belgium
ME-2e. Weekly behavioural observations of the Teal (Nov -Apr) and simultaneous sampling of benthos
ME-2f. Counts of Canada Geese in winter along the Zeeschelde, Belgium
Flemish waterbird counts
MONEOS - Diversity of species in the Scheldt Estuary(had role: partially included in)

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