The objective of the monitoring is to provide sufficient information about the efficiency of project actions and about the situation of the Falco cherrug population to be able to evaluate the project results.
The project area covers the most important habitats of F. cherrug but doesn’t cover the entire area of the countries concerned therefore it also doesn’t cover the total population of them due to the restriction of the project area to SPAs and to the immediate proximity (25 km) of the SPAs by the Commission.
To assure the unified monitoring of F. cherrug population unified data sheets must be used but it must be marked under point nr.1 of all sheets whether the monitoring is done inside the project area or outside to be able to separate the project work and collected data. The collected data of F. cherrug population will be stored in electronic format ready for data processing. There will be electronic data sheets also beside the hard copies.
Beside the special F. cherrug monitoring data sheets two of the overall raptor survey sheets will be used outside of the known territories.
The most important rules for monitors that birds must least disturbed by the data collection and their breeding success shouldn’t be risked. During hatching and small chicks period nest can be visited only in case of serious danger and must be left ASAP. Observation within 500 m to the nest must be done hidden after securing that the birds cannot see us. If the birds are disturbed we must stop the observation.
There is an appointed responsible person in each known F. cherrug territory.
Attention: Working group members know the responsible site managers and partner co-ordinators therefore everybody is asked to contact them before and after the checking to avoid unnecessary disturbance of the birds but distribute essential information.