Save the Raptors

Activities, Saker Falcon conservation activities

The Saker falcon conservation work conducted so far has aimed mainly to improve the nesting conditions of the species by placing of artificial nests in the hope that the falcons we observe each year will start nesting in some of them. So far, the Project has installed 30 artificial nests on trees and 50 special aluminum nest boxes on high-voltage pylons. Also, all historical nesting areas of the species have been visited to establish the status of the species there.

Why do we install the Saker falcon nest boxes on transmission electricity line poles? This is an exceptionally successful practice introduced by our colleagues from ММЕ/BirdLife Hungary, which has managed to enlarge the Saker falcon population in their country to almost 200 pairs in 30-40 years. The Hungarians place the nest boxes on 400,000 v transmission lines. They are safe for the birds, first because the wires are spaced very much and pose no electrocution risks, and, secondly, because high voltage and the height at which the nest boxes are placed 'protect' the birds from human disturbance.

Photo: Peter Iankov

The Project proposes other measures against nest robbing as well, in particular, measures concerning extension of cooperation with the institutions responsible for enforcement of the laws, which we regard, in summary, as prevention of crime against wildlife. These include complex activities such as training of the institutions to recognize the species and to become familiar with the international legislation against trafficking and trading, informing about violations and expert assistance in the investigation of specific cases.