Dr. Felix Bergmann from the EU Monitoring Team and Mattia Pellegrini from the European Commission visit the LIFE project Great Bustard

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Through various activities, the GReat Bustard avtivists have managed to increase the endangered population of the Great Bustard in the border region of Austria-Hungary-Slovakia from under 100 animals to more than 400 specimens of "Otis tarda", while elsewhere in Europe the stocks continue to decline in many areas. During a visit by one responsible member of the European Commission (EASME) and the outsourced monitoring team (NEEMO), the body responsible for the evaluation of nature conservation projects, an attempt was made to determine the reasons for this success. Felix Bergmann and Mattia Pellegrini "We want to learn from the efforts we have made to be able to act similarly in other areas". The coordinator of the protection efforts in Austria and Central Europe, Rainer Raab "The combination of various measures for the Great Bustard brings success. The provision of specially designed protective areas for the successful rearing of young Bustards and the protection against losses are decisive factors. Due to the underground cabling and subsequent removal of medium-voltage power lines or marking of power lines, but also by the predator control by the hunters and the increased number of juvenile Bustards, the stock in northern Burgenland has recovered significantly". Werner Falb-Meixner, Chairman of the Austrian Society for the Protection of the Great Bustard "The secret of success is the intensive cooperation of farmers, hunters, conservationists and the communities. It has been possible to create the protection areas with the Austrian program for environmentally-oriented agriculture and to raise additional funds for various protection activities in the now 3rd EU LIFE project. "

On the picture from left:
Felix Bergmann (NEEMO), Miki Lorant (Hungarian Bustard Coordinator), Rainer Raab (European Great Bustard Coordinator), Mattia Pellegrini (EASME), Werner Falb-Meixner (Chairman of the Austrian Society for Great Bustard Conservation).

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National Report 2018 Great Bustard published by CMS

On March 9th 2018, the National Report 2018 for the Great Bustard in Austria was published on the homepage of the Covention of Migratory Species in addition to the national reports of other member states. The report covers the development of the Great Bustard population since 2001, as well as results from the implemented and ongoing LIFE project Great Bustard.

2018 National Reports from Signatories - Austria (CMS/GB/MOS4/Inf.6.8) (pdf, 3.501 KB) 

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Golden Jackal Article in the February issue of Universum Magazine

The February issue of Universum Magazine features an extensive article on the Golden Jackal and its impact on wildlife and the endangerment of the Great Bustard.

Wieviel Goldschakal vertragen wir? (pdf, 728 KB)

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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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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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