UNEP/CMS: Actions Agreed to Protect Europe’s Heaviest Flying Bird
Delegates from 13 countries agreed today on transboundary conservation measures for the Middle-European population of the Great Bustard.
CMS and the Brandenburg State Office for Environment (LfU) organized the meeting with support from the Förderverein Großtrappenschutz e.V. (Society for the Protection of the Great Bustard).
The globally threatened species prefers the open landscapes. Therefore, the best habitat for the Great Bustard in Central Europe is open, unfragmented and non-intensively used agricultural fields with a high proportion of fallow land
Intensive agriculture and infrastructure projects have been the main cause of the decline of Great Bustard populations. Barriers such as afforested areas, shelter belts, railways, roads and fences tend to fragment their habitats.
Without appropriate conservation and management measures, these combined threats will result in an overall population decline.
The new findings will be fed into the European Great Bustard Species Action Plan to mitigate threats and provide safe habitats.