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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

ORF TV Report and several Newspaper Articles about the opening of the Great Bustard Observation Tower Zurndorf

ORF-Report about the official Opening of the LIFE+ Observation Tower Zurndorf. The opening of the tower was held in the course of the 25 years of LIFE anniversary and was a big success. Next to Bustard coordinator Rainer Raab, member of the parliament and mayor Werner Friedl, Councilor Astrid Eisenkopf and ÖGG chairmen Werner Falb-Meixner were present.

ORF-TV Report from the 19.05.2017

Burgenland: Großtrappen in einem neuen Blickfeld (pdf, 34 KB)

Gute Sicht auf Großtrappen (pdf, 574 KB)

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Opening event of the Observation Tower Zurndorf

On 19.05.2017 the official Opening of the Observation Tower in Zurndorf takes place, in the course of the 25 years of LIFE anniversary, under the direction of member of the parliament mayor Werner Friedl, ÖGG chairman Werner Falb-Meixner, Great Bustard Coordinator Rainer Raab and Councilor Astrid Eisenkopf.

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1.475 Reactions on a Facebook post about the Great Bustard

On May 15th 2017 a Facebook post, on the popular Birdwatching Facebook page "Birds" received 1.475 "Likes" and was shared 336 times on other pages and profiles.

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Article in the national magazine "Geo-Magazin"

On 11.05.2017 an interesting article about the Great Bustard conservation in Hungary including the implemented measurements in the LIFE Project is published in the national magazine "Geo-Magazin".

Geo-Magazin Article (pdf, 4.338 KB)

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Excursion with the preliminary school Nickelsdorf to the Great Bustard area

On 4.5.2017 excursion to the Great Bustard area, together with the preliminary school Nickelsdorf and presentation of the LIFE Project in many dialogues by Nina Schönemann. (Action E.7: Raising Awareness among stakeholders in AT3 PPH and AT4 WHA)

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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.