Project Summary

 

The Great Bustard (Otis tarda) population is highly fragmented across Europe, Morocco and Asia. The greatest part of the world's breeding population (50%) is now found on the Iberian peninsula, followed by Russia, Turkey and the Carpathian Basin. Several small populations, partly isolated, also live in different Central European countries. However, the species is extinct in many parts of its historic range, especially in France, Western Germany, Poland, Yugoslavia and the U.K.

The Great Bustard is a globally threatened species classified as vulnerable. It is included in the Annex I of the EU Wild Birds Directive, Appendix II of the Bern Convention, Appendix I of the Bonn Convention and the Appendix I of CITES. In Slovakia, similarly, this bird is a threatened species classified as critically endangered. To help the population recovery and to ensure a long term protection of the species, it is necessary to implement conservation measures.

One of the two project sites, SPA Sysľovské polia, is the last regular nesting place of the Great Bustard in Slovakia and serves as a winter roosting ground of more than 10% of the Central European population.The main threats to Great Bustard population are loss of suitable habitats and impacts related to agricultural use, mortality of individuals, disturbance and insufficient public support. The negative impacts of these threats will be reversed by proposed conservation measures as proper management planning, extensive consultation with stakeholders, land purchase and lease, pilot agri-environmental scheme for Great Bustard, predator control and awareness raising.

The partnership implementing this project includes the following institutions:

- State Nature Conservancy of the Slovak Republic, a public agency for nature and landscape protection
- SOS/BirdLife Slovensko, an NGO representing a BirdLife International in Slovakia
- Raptor Protection Slovakia, an NGO dealing with the protection of birds of prey
- Lehnice Municipality
- Hunting Association Lehnice




 

 

Project Outputs

 

Project outcomes (publications, documents and information materials) will be added to this site gradually, according to the implementation phase.

Poster "Save the Great Bustard" (372 kB, .pdf)

Great Bustard Sign (83,4 kB, .jpg)
Great Bustard Puzzle (328 kB, .jpg)
Great Bustard Sticker (614 kB, .jpg)
Great Bustard T-shirt (141 kB, .jpg)



 

 

Project Site SPA Sysľovské polia

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The site has been declared a Special Protection Area (SPA) from May 1, 2006 by the public notice 234/2006 of the Ministry of Environment of the Slovak Republic (get a copy here).
The project site is an intensively used agricultural area with shelter belts and dirt roads crossing. The biotop is made up by diverse secondary steppe communities on loess and aluvial soils of the Danube River. The main activities in the area include agricultural production (corn, oily crop and fodder crop cultivation), hunting and tourism (cycling). Its European significance is underlined by the facts that it is a significant European wintering ground for both the 10% of the Central European population of the Great Bustard as well as for more than 1% of the Central European population of the Wild Goose. This SPA is an important historic breeding ground of the Great Bustard and the survival of this species is Slovakia is directly depending on the protection of this area.

Being still a regular breeding ground, however the last in Slovakia, the number of breeding females at this SPA is up to 10 females. For the Red-footed Falcon (Falco vespertinus), too, this SPA is the last regular breeding ground (up till 20 breeding pairs). Another rare steppe-inhabiting animals do live here, too - listing the Saker (Falco cherrug) and the Montagu´s harrier (Cyrcus pygargus). As a wintering ground of the Great Bustard, this area accommodates up till 200 birds in winter, including Hungarian and Austrian populations.
 

 

Project Site SPA Lehnice

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The site has been declared a Special Protection Area (SPA) from September 1, 2005 by the public notice 377/2005 of the Ministry of Environment of the Slovak Republic (get a copy here).
The site located on the Danubian lowland (Panónska nížina) is an agricultural area surrounded by shelter belts and communities of drought-tolerant plants. It is also a hunting area and the place of the last sighting of the Great Bustard in the Rye Island Region. Currently, one of the most important species here is the re-emerging Great Bustard, being present non-regularly. This spot is thus viewed as a potencial re-occupied habitat on a historic ground. The return of the Great Bustard would require comprehensive habitat reconstruction and its long-term management based on the needs of this species. Hopes for its return are also fueled by the growth of Hungarian populations tending to spread northwards to historic grounds in Slovakia.   

SPA Lehnice is one of the 5 important spots for the Red-footed Falcon (Falco vespertinus) in Slovakia. It also serves as a resting place for migratory birds and a wintering ground of birds of prey. The main threats for the Great Bustard remain the intensive agricultural use of land and the high density of overhead power lines.




Project Team

 

Zuzana Guziová
Project Manager
ŠOP SR
Mlynské nivy 41
821 09 Bratislava
Tel./fax: +421 (0)2 5542 2186
Mobil: +421 (0)
917 631 031
zuzanaguzi@yahoo.com

 

Jozef Chavko
Scientific Coordinator
Raptor Protection Slovakia (RPS)
Sekurisova 16
841 02 Bratislava
Tel./ fax: +421 (0)2 55573440
Mobil: +421 (0)903 768 394
chavko@dravce.sk

 

Boris Maderič
Agricultural Expert
SOS/BirdLife Slovensko
Mlynské nivy 41
821 09 Bratislava
Tel./fax: +421 (0)2 5542 2186
Mobil: +421 (0)904260301
maderic@vtaky.sk

 

Lucia Matejovičová
Senior  Expert
Raptor Protection Slovakia (RPS)
Sekurisova 16
841 02 Bratislava
Tel./ fax: +421 (0)2 55573440
Mobil: +421 (0)903 768 394
matejovicova@dravce.sk

 

Marek Sádovský
Site manager SPA Sysľovské polia
ŠOP SR
Mlynské nivy 41
821 09 Bratislava
Tel./fax: +421 (0)2 5542 2186

 

Ján Tóth
Ranger SPA Sysľovské polia
ŠOP SR
Mlynské nivy 41
821 09 Bratislava
Tel./fax: +421 (0)2 5542 2186

Mobil: +421 (0)908 105631
jan.toth@post.sk

 

Valéria Szomolai
Site manager SPA Lehnice
ŠOP SR
Korzo Bélu Bartóka 789/3
929 01 Dunajská Streda
Tel: +421 (0)31 551 62 29
Fax: +421 (0)31 551 62 29
Mobil: +421 (0)905 113
681
szomolai@foruminst.sk


Vojtech Szűcs
Ranger SPA
Lehnice
ŠOP SR
Korzo Bélu Bartóka 789/3
929 01 Dunajská Streda
Tel: +421 (0)31 551 62 29
Fax: +421 (0)31 551 62 29
Mobil: +421 (0)907
747207
vojtoszucs@szm.sk


Peter Krempaský
Contact person for Regional Centre of State Nature Conservancy of the Slovak Republic in Bratislava
Mlynská dolina 1, 811 04 Bratislava
Tel.:+421 (0)2 5937 53 47

Fax: +421 (0)2 5937 53 81
Mobil: +421 (0)917 631 025
peter.krempasky@sopsr.sk

 

Alexander Fekete
Contact person for Regional Office of  State Nature Conservancy of the Slovak Republic Dunajské luhy
Korzo Bélu Bartóka 789/3
929 01 Dunajská Streda
Tel: +421 (0)31 551 62 29
Fax: +421 (0)31 551 62 29
Mobil: +421 (0)903 563 129
fekete@sopsr.sk

 


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