In September 2012 an article about the effects of underground cabling and marking of power lines on the West-Pannonian Great Bustard Otis tarda population was published in the scientific journal Bird Conservation International, volume 22, issue 03.

Citation: Raab, R., Schütz, C., Spakovszky, P., Julius E. and Schulze, C. H. (2012). Underground cabling and marking of power lines: conservation measures rapidly reduced mortality of West-Pannonian Great Bustards Otis tarda. Bird Conservation International, 22, pp 299-306 doi:10.1017/S0959270911000463

Bird Conservation International im September 2012 (pdf, 684 KB; http://journals.cambridge.org)

Opening of the cycling bridge, built in the framework of the EU co-operation between Slovakia and Austria, in Schlosshof (A), presentation of the LIFE+ project in many dialogues by R. Raab (Action E.4: Central European bustard coordinator)

On August 25th, 2012 at 3:45 p.m. ORF 2 broadcasted in whole Austria a 4,5 minutes report about the Great Bustard and the measures within the LIFE+ project in the programme “Land und Leute”.

Land und Leute am 25. August 2012 (wmv, 76 MB)

Bustard experts of the Austrian LIFE+ Project and from Hungary and Slovakia meet as usual on the synchronous counting day at the border triangle to consult each other about the results of the bustard counting and to exchange information on the state of the LIFE+ Project in A and the activities after the LIFE+ Projects in H and SK (Action E.4: Central European bustard coordinator)

Project visit by Karl Hohenlohe in the project area “Westliches Weinviertel“ (Action E.4: Central European bustard coordinator)

June 18 - July 24, 2012: A total of approx. 3.9 km existing EVN 110 kV power lines in the project area Sandboden und Praterterrasse” (Abbreviation = SPT) are marked with black and white "bird protection plates" (Action C.4: Implementation marking of EVN 110 kV power lines SPT)

Visit of the LIFE+ project by a camera crew of the ORF “Land und Leute“-team for shooting of a film (Action D.3: Public relation)

Project visit by Miklos Lorent and Anna Prager, bustard experts from Hungary, in the project areas “Sandboden und Praterterrasse“, “Waasen – Hanság“ and “Parndorfer Platte – Heideboden “ (Action E.4: Central European bustard coordinator)

Considerately mowing in the project area “Waasen – Hanság“. In order to prevent the clutches or ckicks of the Great Bustard or of clutches or chicks of the Short-eared Owl from being killed by mowing special measures were undertaken from R. Raab and the farmers. Also young deer and hares benefit from these measures. (Action E.15: Control (Monitoring) – immediate measures fort he protection of clutches)

Project visit by stakeholders of the project area “Westliches Weinviertel” in the project area „Waasen – Hanság“ (Action D.7: raising awareness among stakeholders in WWV and SPT)

Project visit by members of the University Graz in the project area “Waasen – Hanság“ (Action D.2: Information sessions for public relations and board meetings of the project)

Bustard experts of the Austrian LIFE+ Project and from Hungary and Slovakia meet as usual on the synchronous counting day at the border triangle to consult each other about the results of the bustard counting and to exchange information on the state of the LIFE+ Project in A and the activities after the LIFE+ Projects in H and SK (Action E.4: Central European bustard coordinator)

In May 2012 several reports about the opening of the observation tower “LIFE+ Great Bustard Andau“ within the framework of the “LIFE 20th anniversary” were broadcasted. Besides the report on ORF 2 (see May 9th, 2012) a report was broadcasted on the “Burgenländische Volksgruppensendung” of the ORF. Also the radio station Radio Burgenland covered the event. In addition a couple of articles were published in regional newspapers e.g. Bezirksblatt Neusiedl.

From May 21st to May 25th, 2012 a series of interviews with R. Raab concerning the Great Bustard and the Great Bustard LIFE+ project was broadcasted daily between 8:55 a.m. and 9:00 a.m. on the radio station Ö1 in the programme “Vom Leben der Natur”.

Ö1 Sendung vom „Leben der Natur“ vom 21.05.2012 (ca. 5 MB)
Ö1 Sendung vom „Leben der Natur“ vom 22.05.2012 (ca. 5 MB)
Ö1 Sendung vom „Leben der Natur“ vom 23.05.2012 (ca. 5 MB)
Ö1 Sendung vom „Leben der Natur“ vom 24.05.2012 (ca. 5 MB)
Ö1 Sendung vom „Leben der Natur“ vom 25.05.2012 (ca. 5 MB)

On 21.05.2012 an article about the successful protection of great bustards is published on the homepage of "Netz Burgenland". The focus lays on already implemented conservation measures like transfering power lines below the soil and marking them with bird warning flags.

www.netzburgenland.at (pdf, 78,1 KB)