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The Great Bustard (Otis tarda) is one of the heaviest birds that is able to fly. It is a globally threatened species occurring in Austria and Hungary. Since more than 10 years the "Technische Büro für Biologie Mag. Dr. Rainer Raab" is responsible for the conservation project Great Bustard. On this website you can find general informations about the Great Bustard, projects for the protection of the Great Bustard and current informations about the Life Project Great Bustard.

Latest News

BirdLife Austria event on "Species protection and predators"

On the 11th of January a very interesting event of BirdLife Austria took place in Vienna on "Species protection and predators". Presentation of the LIFE Project in many dialogues by R. Raab. (Action E.2: Project Board Meetings and Information Events)

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International Great Bustard Synchronous Count in Central Europe

In 2018, in the course of our LIFE Project Great Bustard, like for the first time in 2017, synchronous counts of the Great Bustard will take place throughout Central Europe, namely in January, in February and March counts will take place in Germany, Austria, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Czech Republic and Hungary, where Bustard experts in all known winter habitats will count preferably all Great Bustards on the same day.

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Objective


The four project areas.

Austria (AT) and Hungary (HU) have been very active in Great Bustard conservation in the last years. After two Austrian LIFE and LIFE+ projects and one LIFE project in Hungary now both EU-countries want to start together a huge cross-border protection project for Great Bustards in Central Europe.  Based on the great success of the former measures the objectives of this LIFE project are to continue intensive habitat management efforts, reduce the threat of collision with power lines - for many years the no. 1 mortality factor for Great Bustards - and reduce predation. The LIFE project aims to support and maximise the effectiveness of the cross-border protection in Austria and Hungary through coordination of conservation measures and optimal communication.