Nature conservation Lynx Program Sustainable Castro Verde Program Forestry Program Projects co-funded by the EU Other projects Promotion of steppe birds conservation in Castro Verde (Aves das Estepes) EVOA Tagus Estuary Birdwatching and Conservation Area Valorization Project of the Natural Heritage of Campo Branco Friendly fences for the great bustard Falco & Otis project: Protect the Lesser Kestrel and the Great Bustard Give Lesser Kestrel a new home PRACTICE Recovery and prevention actions to tackle desertification Conservation and reestablishment of the lesser kestrel in the Évora region

The project “Falco & Otis: protect the lesser kestrel and the great bustard”, financed by Somincor, aims to protect the great bustard and the lesser kestrel through research and direct intervention against threatening factors.

The project “Falco & Otis: protect the lesser kestrel and the great bustard”, financed by Somincor, aims to protect the great bustard and the lesser kestrel through research and direct intervention against threatening factors.

 

The project “Falco & Otis: protect the lesser kestrel and the great bustard” aims to:

a) Deepen the knowledge about the impact of fences in species like the great bustard: continue the work started in steppe LIFE (http://www.lifeesteparias.lpn.pt/default.aspx?tabid=2164&code=en), continue the monitoring of the measures already implemented to obtain results that allow reliable conclusions to be drawn about the use and effectiveness of different types of passages installed;

 

 

 

 

B) Maintain monitoring of the existing lesser kestrel’s colonies in the LPN Biodiversity Reserves to ensure data gathering for the year 2013. These colonies are one of the most important for the specie’s conservation. The colony monitorization includes biometry and breeding data collection, ringing birds and recovering individuals that need care; 

 

 

 

 

C) Test the thermal behavior of the nest-boxes for lesser kestrel (and for rollers that also benefits with these structures), developing nest-boxes with different types of materials and testing their thermal reaction (especially in hot days), using temperature data loggers.

 

 

 

This project, carried out during 2013, is financed by Somincor – Neves-Corvo Mining Society, SA. It also counts with the collaboration of DEMA – Defense and Study of the Environment, Extruplás Lda and the Amorim Group – Amorim Isolamentos SA business unit through the provision of some nest-boxes / materials to be tested under the activity “Testing the thermal behavior of nest-box”, as well as the ALDEIA Association / RIAS – Wildflife Recovering and Research Center in the recovering of lesser kestrel (Activity “Monitoring of lesser kestrel colonies in the LPN biodiversity reserves).

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