“Balkan Green Belt” 2017 photo contest is organized by Green Balkans within a joint project implemented by the Bulgarian Biodiversity Foundation, Green Balkans, and EuroNatur (Germany) aimed at promoting the European Green Belt.
The young Lesser Kestrel with a broken leg was rescued by the veterinarians of the Green Balkans’ Wildlife Centre.
Artificial nestboxes placed earlier in Greek villages have been successfully occupied by Lesser Kestrels.
44 of the small falcons flew for Spain with and airplane, and 16 of the birds, are hatched in Green Balkans’ Wildlife Centre.
On 1 and 2 June, the “Lesser Kestrel Recovery” LIFE11 NAT/BG/360 project team in partnership with PS-SOUTH, part of EVN Group, organized a work meeting with experts from the Regional Inspectorates for Environment and Waters and National and Nature Parks Directorates in Stara Zagora. The topic of the work meeting was “Good examples for securing of bird risk elements from the power supply network – Partnership between Green Balkans and EVN Bulgaria Power Supply”.
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Lesser Kestrel
Lesser Kestrel (Falco naumanni, Fleischer, 1818) is a small falcon species that is a useful ally of man in combating pests in agricultural landscapes. Once considered among the most abundant birds of prey in Europe, today, due to agriculture intensification, farmland abandonment, loss of nesting sites and intensive pesticide application it has an uncertain future.
Lesser Kestrel is strongly attached to agro-environmental landscapes, showing high preferences towards extensively managed wheat crops and extensively grazed or otherwise maintained pastures. The species is an essentially insectivorous, opportunist feeder, capable of exploiting a wide range of terrestrial and aerial prey.
Lesser Kestrels are often nesting in urban areas, as they provide nesting sites and reduced nest predation and are usually surrounded by agricultural fields or open uncultivated grasslands, securing food sources. The species is therefore highly dependent on human activity not only for foraging areas but also in terms of available nesting sites.
In the past, the Lesser Kestrel was widely spread in Bulgaria, nesting “everywhere” in the mid-19th century. At present, there are no Lesser Kestrel breeding pairs confirmed in Bulgaria.