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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

Report of the first international Synchronous Count from February 2nd 2017

On February 2nd 2017 the first international Synchronous Count took place in all three parts of Central Europe. The report can be found in following pdf.

International Winter Count of Great Bustards (pdf, 3.756 KB)

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8th MAVIR Bird Conservation Conference in Budapest (HU)

From November 10th to November 11th the 8th MAVIR Bird Conservation Conference took place in Budapest, Ungarn. Presentation of "25 years of the LIFE Programme - 12.5 years of LIFE Projects for the Great Bustard (Otis tarda) population in Central Europe - and the ongoing Austrian-Hungarian LIFE Project "Great Bustard" by R. Raab and M. Lóránt, as well as presentation of the LIFE Project in many dialogues by R. Raab (Action E.6: Publications in scientific journals and presentations at scientific conferences).

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Facebook Post reaches 59.000 people on Facebook

On October 31st 2017 a Great Bustard photo by Franz Josef Kovacs reached more than 59.000 people on Facebook and received more than 3.000 reactions, comments and shares.

 

 

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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.