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Raptor protection in the Gorlice Forest District

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Raptor protection in the Gorlice Forest District

On June 13 and 14, 2013, in Krynica Górska, the staff of the Coordination Center for Environmental Projects organised workshops on the protection of Accipitriformes.

 

The two-day meeting was organised within the project entitled  „Biodiversity protection in forest area, including Nature 2000 areas – promotion of best practice” – “Best for biodiversity”, co-financed by the European Union under the Financial Instrument LIFE+, the National Fund of Environmental Protection and Water Management and the State Forests.

The first day of training, devoted to theory, was conducted by representatives of the Eagle Protection Committee – trainers Dariusz Anderwald and Michał Ciach. The participants (50 persons) obtained information about the biology of birds of pray, the dangers facing them and methods of their protection. The trainers presented also the most important projects implemented in Poland in recent years – acknowledged in the Life+ project as best practices.  

During day two field activities were organised within the area of the Gorlice Forest District, where the participants were greeted by Jerzy Gadzina, the Senior Forester. Next, his deputy Konrad Burczyk, together with the district forester Radocyna Andrzej Pikor, guided those present over areas actively protected by the Forest District over a period of many years – among other activities the foresters cut the meadows, which are valuable feeding grounds for Accipitriformes (lesser spotted eagles, golden eagles and such) as well as being the habitats of rare plants (very popular here is the Lesser Butterfly-orchid - Platanthera bifolia).

Moreover, during the visit at the Gorlice Forest District the trainers Dariusz Anderwald and Michał Ciach described the hunting techniques used by different species of raptors and explained the importance of open space for such behaviour. With their assistance it was possible to observe several buzzards, kestrels, lesser spotted eagles and one golden eagle – the lesser spotted eagle made the greatest impression, as it performed complicated aerial stunts at a comparatively small height.

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Photographs from the training sessions are to be found here.

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Project “Biodiversity protection in forest area,
including Nature 2000 areas – promotion of best practice” (Best for Biodiversity),
co-financed with the means of the European Union under the Financial Instrument LIFE+ and the National Fund of Environmental Protection and Water Management and State Forest National Forest Holding”

Coordination Center for Environmental Projects,
ul. Stawki 2, piętro 20,
00-193 Warszawa
tel.: +48 22 318 70 82
fax.: +48 22 318 70 98
e-mail: centrum@ckps.lasy.gov.pl