A1. Assessment of the effects of current agricultural subsidies and related habitat management practices on Falco cherrug’s habitat
Guideline has prepared
4 sites have been finally selected
Aerial photography of 3 pilot areas in Hungary
Satellite images enquired from about 50 nest sites (56 habitats)
Analyses of aerial photos and satellite images commenced
First set of field data collected
Leaflet for farmers have been designed.
A2. Elaboration of habitat rehabilitation & management methods for grasslands in pilot areas and proposal for appropriate subsidies to stimulate proper farming on the protected S. citellus habitat
Site management plans have prepared
Management of 2310 ha on 18 sites
71 project participants were trained.
Project participants received their Project Handbook
A5. Acquisition of equipment (in compliance with public-procurement regulations)
About 90% of the equipment has purchased in compliance with public-procurement regulations.
C1. Production and install nest boxes and artificial nests
(First batch of artificial nest installed)
239 items “Type 1” nest boxes (100%) purchased
250 items “Type 2” nest boxes (64,8%) purchased
20 items “Type 3” artificial nests (100%) purchased
55 items “Type 1” nest boxes (21,7%) installed
65 items “Type 2” nest boxes (16,8%) installed
10 items “Type 3” artificial nests (50%) installed
C2. Repatriation of S. citellus on Natura 2000 habitats where it is missing
(First batch of S.citellus repatriated)
Co-operation agreement is signed with FerihegyAirport.
1366 S.citellus (37,9%) repatriated from 4 airports (Budapest-Ferihegy, Dunakeszi, Kecskemét & Pécs-Pogány) to 7 sites (HUBN10002, HUBN10003, HUBN10004, HUDI10003, HUHN10002, HUHN10005, HUKN10007)
370 S.citellus (17,6%) were repatriated from 2 airports (Bratislava & Kosice) to 2 sites (SKUEV0225, SKUEV0276)
C3. Locate and insulate dangerous electric pylons
(First batch of electric pylons are insulated)
Guideline from A. heliaca LIFE project has been adopted and including in the Project Handbook
8640 insulators (75%) purchased
473 km electric line surveyed
1114 pylons insulated w/2228 insulators (19,3%)
insulators for 462 pylons (28%) purchased
44 km electric power line surveyed
462* pylons (25,3%) are insulated
* see in modification!
C4. Tagging and ringing juveniles to collect migratory and immigration data and feather collection for analysis
(First batch of young birds are marked)
5 Solar PTT/Northstar & 5 Solar GPS PTT/Microwave purchased to test
600 PIT tags purchased together w/antenna & LCD.
100 aluminium ornithological rings were obtained in Slovakia.
284 juveniles (203%) marked by ornithological rings
219 juveniles marked by PIT
Feather collected for 209 chicks in 70 nests
72 juveniles (180%) marked by ornithological rings
Feather collected from 46 chicks in 13 nests
D1. Inspection and maintenance of nest boxes and artificial nests
Monitoring protocol completed
This activity will take place after the breeding season in 2008
D2. Efficiency control of dangerous electric pylon’s insulation
(1st. year’s monitoring report)
This activity will take place after the insulation is completed
D3. Monitoring of repatriated S. citellus population
Monitoring of first batch of repatriated S. citellus has commenced.
D4. Guarding of endangered nests
(1st year’s guarding)
In Slovakia three nests were guarded all of them are the nest boxes on the electric pylons. (Municipality of Abraham, Bratislava – Rača and Bratislava – Podunajské Biskupice)
D5. Keeping and breeding of disabled birds and repatriation of juveniles
3 chicks were successfully repatriated from a pair of disabled birds
2 cages constructed
2 rehabilitated adult bird released
D6. Chemical analysis of addled eggs and disseminate the result
Suitable laboratory has been found
Test protocol is under elaboration w/consultation
19 addled eggs are collected & stored (9 in Hungary & 10 inSlovakia)
D7. Monitoring of population and impacts of different project actions
(1st annual monitoring report)
Monitoring protocol endorsed
118 breading pairs (69% of total pairs),
100 successful breading (84,7% of breading pairs)
336 fledged juveniles were identified (2,8 juv./br.pair) including 3 birds hatched in captivity and repatriated before fledging
Food remains collected from 30 nests
26 breading pairs (15,6% of territories),
22 successful breading (84,6% of breading pairs)
72 fledged juveniles were identified (2,8 juv./br.pair)
D8. Collection and evaluation of migratory and immigration data by satellite telemetry, and bird ringing.
Argos days are continuously purchased and evaluated
Good information collected:
GPS PTT is much better
Juveniles are moving across the Carpathian basin
D9. Managing BirdLife European F. cherrug Conservation Taskforce to co-ordinate the conservation efforts and gather information from wintering grounds, migrating routes and immigrating juveniles by establishing and operating an international mailing
(Mailing list established)
Mailing list is used to collect information from sites visited by PTT tagged birds abroad.
E1. Changing of hunters opinion through raising their awareness
5 Press Releases were produced about the raptors shooting and published on our web site, in newspapers and other media
1 meeting at headquarters level took place
several meetings with hunters associations in Falco cherrug nesting sites were held
our representative was present at the annual national hunters meeting.
E2. Test the efficiency of Agri-environment Advisory based on project findings on a pilot area
E3. Erecting information signs at project
24 signboards were erected in Hungary and 3 inSlovakia along main roads, visitor centres, frequently visited public areas.
E4. Design and operate project web site
(Web is ready)
Ready for operation
Web is operating at www.sakerlife.mme.hu,
www.kerecsensolyom.mme.hu and www.dravce.sk/sokolraroh
E5. Secure public support for conservation efforts
(A2 size posters printed & distributed)
630 A2 size posters (25%) displayed
Selection of producer going on for DVD production
In Slovakia we developed the cooperation with the Local Authorities (OÚ ŽP), with the Faculty of Natural Sciences at the ComeniusUniversity in Bratislava and with the SlovakNaturalMuseum where the project will be presented.
E6. Informing media about project’s aims, activities and achievements
Two press conferences were organised to introduce the satellite tagging.
Press conference were organised in relation with release of rehabilitated bird “Turul” by Zsolt Erdei the World Champion fighter.
89 media presence:
53 online, 13 TV, 12 radio, 11 press
22 articles from C2, 21 from D5, 17 from C4-D8, 9 from overall Saker conservation & LIFE project, 8 from shot Sakers, 3 from dead and 1 from C1.
In Hungary “Madártávlat” periodical has published an article about the Saker conservation work including the LIFE project.
E7. International conference to share and evaluate results and experience of the project
E8. Layman’s report
F1. Project planning, management, administration, monitoring and reporting (Project staff in place)
Project office established. Project Staff are in place at all relevant position.
Work plan ready.
Project Handbook was prepared including the Work plan & budget. All participants have received his/her copy.
Project management system has been established and functioning.
Project administration system is established.
The monthly reporting system is functioning.
Project manager and project administrator visiting a partner together every month to help them to improve the project administration.
Good cooperation with external assistant.
F2. Held Steering Committee meetings
Minutes of the 1st SC meeting is ready
Minutes of the 2nd SC meeting is ready
Minutes of the 3rd SC meeting is ready
F3. Financial monitoring and reporting
Auditor contracted and regularly consulted.
Financial Guideline and detailed budget are prepared & included in the Project Handbook.
The financial guideline of the Project handbook provides assistance to prepare the monthly financial reports.
Monthly financial reporting.
Concerned partner instructed according to the mid year’s auditor report’s finding.
F4. After-LIFE Conservation Plan
Csenge again free
There are not any problems with seven birds out of ten equipped Sakers.
Movements of the young Sakers can be seen also on this website from late August – early September.
Birds with satellite tags >>
The sites of Barnabás wanderings
Photo: Mátyás Prommer