Recovering the Saker Falcon population of the North-Hungarian Plain

Reference: LIFE21-NAT-HU-LIFE-SakerRoads/101074704 | Acronym: LIFE21-NAT-HU-LIFE SakerRoads

PROJECT DESCRIPTION

BACKGROUND

The main objective of the project is to stop and reverse the decreasing trend of the targeted Saker Falcon population in the North-Hungarian Plain. The aim is to reach a 20% increase in both population size and breeding success during the project period. (1) Decrease human-induced mortality: An intensive surveillance system will be operated in the breeding territories in order to urgently detect and eliminate existing problems. The mortality along power lines will be handled as first priority, but special attention will be given towards persecution crime cases as well. (2) Reveal the unknown causes of mortality and breeding failure: Increase significantly the detection rate of mortality incidents and to undertake proper pathological investigation of dead individuals, but also a complex health survey of alive breeding birds. The possibilities of pesticide and lead poisoning, diseases and the effects of electromagnetic radiation on high-voltage power lines will be the main focus for the investigations. (3) Increase breeding success by the increased availability of prey species and nesting sites: The restoration of the extensive dirt road network, as semi-natural field margins between large homogenous agricultural parcels, will be the key element of the project in order to improve habitat conditions for various taxa along the food chain. Breeding success will be improved by the re-establishment of traditional pigeon lofts and the adoption of artificially raised chicks. Suitable artificial nesting sites will be provided in all active and abandoned Saker Falcon territories. (4) Increase the awareness of key stakeholders and the public on the species and threatening factors: Intensive communication with all relevant stakeholder groups will be initiated in order to decrease the conflicts of interest and execute effective conservation measures in cooperation. Besides, local communities and the general public will be also continuously informed about the project results.


ADMINISTRATIVE DATA


Reference: LIFE21-NAT-HU-LIFE-SakerRoads/101074704
Acronym: LIFE21-NAT-HU-LIFE SakerRoads
Start Date: 01/09/2022
End Date: 30/11/2028
Total Eligible Budget: 3,451,493 €
EU Contribution: 2,588,618 €
Project Location:

CONTACT DETAILS


Coordinating Beneficiary: MAGYAR MADARTANI ES TERMESZETVEDELMI EGYESULET
Legal Status: PRIVATE
Address: KOLTO UTCA 21, 1121, BUDAPEST, Hungary Magyarország
Contact Person: Marton Horvath
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ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES ADDRESSED

NATURA 2000 SITES

Type Code Name
SPA HUBN10004 Hevesi-sík
SPA ROSPA0015 Câmpia Crișului Alb și Crișului Negru
SPA HUHN10002 Hortobágy
SPA HUKN10001 Felső-kiskunsági szikes puszták és turjánvidék
SPA SKCHVU023 Ulanska mokrad
SPA HUKM10005 Cserebökényi-puszták
SPA HUKM10003 Dévaványai-sík
SPA HUBN10002 Borsodi-sík
SPA SKCHVU009 Kosicka kotlina
SPA AT1125129 Parndorfer Platte - Heideboden
SPA HUFH10004 Mosoni-sík

BENEFICIARIES

Name Type
HORTOBAGYI NEMZETI PARK IGAZGATOSAG Participant
BUKKI NEMZETI PARK IGAZGATOSAG Participant
MAVIR MAGYAR VILLAMOSENERGIA-IPARI ATVITELI RENDSZERIRANYITO ZARTKORUEN MUKODO RESZVENYTARSASAG Participant
MAGYAR MADARTANI ES TERMESZETVEDELMI EGYESULET Coordinator