25 individuals were recorded during the nationwide WBH population survey, 2019.  The survey engaged 21 Forest Resource Group (FRG), 11 Local Conservation Support Group (LCSG) and 10 staff of RSPN for five continuous days from March 2 till 6, 2019. 30 known and potential habitats of WBH within Punakha, Wangdue, Tsirang, Dagana, Sarpang, Zhemgang, Mongar and Pema Gatshel districts were surveyed. Sadly, a heron was reported dead in Pangna, Dagana, District, opposite to Sunkosh village. The cause of the casualty is still under investigation by the Department of Forests and Park Services and RSPN.

During the survey, six breeding pairs were observed trying to build nests. However, three of the pairs did not succeed in building the nest, which leaves three active nests at Kisonachhu, Wakleytar, and Tshaidang. RSPN, LCSG and FRG are actively monitoring the nests.

PlaceWBH no
Phochhu1
kishona chhu4
Harachu3
Wakleytar2
Burichhu2
Sunkosh1
Toedsang-Balwanie2
Lhamoizingkha1
Phibsoo2
Tshaidang4
Goling1
Berti1
Kurichhu1
Total25
Casualty 1