It is a strictly protected species in Hungary, belonging to the highest conservation value category of 1.000.000 forints. MME prepared a Red List in 1999, which lists it in the category of conservation-dependent species. The number of nesting pairs has been decreasing in almost every country, therefore, the slow growth of the population in Hungary is particularly important. The conservation of the species could be achieved on the whole distribution area with the conservation measures applied in Hungary, i.e. legal protection, providing safe breeding and foraging habitat, etc.