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Yes, its nearly that time of year again!

The Asian Midwinter Waterbird Census for 2015 is being held from the 15-30 of January. Any birders who plan to visit Thailand during that time or are in the country at the time and are visiting wetlands of any kind would be doing the world a favor if they would kindly send their findings to the Bird Conservation Society of Thailand.

Wetlands in Thailand are in rapid decline due to the the steady increase in the global population and the rising demand on our agricultural sector to feed all these hungry mouths. This has led to a decrease in waterbird populations throughout the region. However, while many of the large protected wetlands still harbor huge numbers of waterbirds, many birds have chosen to adapt to their new environments, making rice fields, reservoirs and forest pools new targets for surveyors. For this matter, we would like to encourage birders to report any interesting findings to the board, even if they are not in a traditional “wetland” habitat.

Ideas of some wetlands which occur in the region are: (reprinted from last year’s list)


– Sirinat National Park
– Sapan Hin
– Laem Hin and Sapam Bay
– Ao Makham Bay
– Yamu cape (a large congregation of Chinese Egrets was recorded there a few years back)
– Ao Maphrao Bay
– Laguna Hotel Complex (and outlying areas)


– Ao Phang Nga National Park
– Thai Muang National Park
– Baan Bang Paht
– Laem Pakarang
– Kuraburi Swamp
– Klong Sok River


– Talae Noi Waterfowl Sanctuary, Phattalung
– Koh Libong, Trang
– Haad Chao Mai National Park, Trang
– Pak Meng Beach and Estuaries, Trang
– Haad Manao, Narathiwat
– Ao Pattani Bay, Pattani
– Koh Lipeh, Satun
– Kanab Nam and river mouth, Krabi
– Haad Nopparat Tara National Park, Krabi

I will be visiting a few sites around Phuket and Phang Nga and any help in surveying other wetlands in the area will be most appreciated!

Forms can be downloaded from here.

Completed forms should be sent to

Although the census only spans a time frame of roughly three weeks, as Mr. Phil Round pointed out, any information garnered over the next few months will be much appreciated.

-Enjoy your birding and happy hunting!

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