One of the main goals of HELICON LIFE+ project running from 2012 through 2016 is to reduce bird crime targeting birds of prey species (poisoning, shooting, nest robbing). Egg collecting and taking chicks from nests have been considered gone, however, much to our surprise, these forms of crime occur, every year.
Monitoring Committee of the HELICON LIFE+ project and the Anti-Poisoning Working Group of the Hungarian Raptor Conservation Council held a workshop on November 20th, 2014.
A gamekeeper found with a bag of nine dead buzzards on a pheasant-shooting estate has been found guilty of intentionally killing a protected species in what is England’s worst recorded case of poisoning birds of prey.
MME and its partners have been implementing the “Conservation of Imperial Eagles in Hungary” Life project from 2012 through 2016. The main goal of the 75% EU funded project, which has a budget of 600 million forints, is to find a solution to one of Europe’s worst raptor poisoning issues.
Traditional agricultural farming had survived through more than a thousand years and with its mosaic, small parcels and widespread practice of grazing formed and maintained the characteristic landscape of the Great Plains. This lifestyle had always functioned in a self-sustaining way offering habitat for all kinds of animals, which learnt how to exploit these possibilities.
“Viktorija” the young female Imperial Eagle fledged in Macedonia in 2013. Associates of MME and the Macedonian NGO Nature Conservation Association AQUILA satellite-tagged her in the nest on July 1st, 2013.
This autumn, broadcasting, which can be followed via internet, has started again at the feeding station for the second time.
The area of operation of the HELICON LIFE+ programme is in the Jászság, since the majority of the Hungarian population lives here. Therefore, this region and the Jászberény ZOO, which operates here have special importance in the conservation of the species.
The world’s biggest conservation partnership – BirdLife International – has announced that vultures have rapidly become one of the most threatened families of birds on the planet. In a bid to stop this important family of birds slipping towards extinction in Europe and Africa, they have launched a global campaign asking for public support to Stop Vulture Poisoning Now.
The globally threatened imperial eagle reaches the southern and southwestern border of its distribution in Asia Minor, however, there had been scanty data available regarding the local breeding population until recently.