In the early XX. Century, the Hungarian Kis-Balaton (Small-Balaton) swamp was one of the last refuge of these birds. In 1919, only 6 pairs of Great Egrets were living at the Kis-Balaton area.
In the 1940s, they marked the future borders of the National Reserve. In 1951, the official regulation was made: Hungary’s most important Natural Science area, and mainly its Ornithological values, this absolutely unique swamp region is declared a Nature Reserve area. A very long battle was won by the conservationists.
Until the 1960s they counted less than 30 pairs of Great Egrets, but with the new regulations by the 70s there was a significant increase. By the end of 1980s their population stabilized.
Presently, the Great Egrets’ habitat is stable in the country, more than 3000 pairs are nesting.
Even though, their numbers are climbing, the Great Egrets are the Hungarian Nature Conservation’s symbol, they are still endangered and protected.