Several days ago, the Green Balkans’ “Lesser Kestrel Recovery” LIFE11 NAT/BG/360 team, together with representatives from the hunters’ union from Levka village, released 7 mallards in a micro dam near the village.
In the end of last week, the “Lesser Kestrel Recovery” LIFE11 BAT/BG/360 project team visited the Falcon Festival in Malko Kadievo village, Stara Zagora municipality.
This was determined by the prophylactic examination, traditionally carried out after the bird’s breeding season in Green Balkans’ Wildlife Centre.
“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 birds hatched in one of the man placed nestboxes in the LKRAM in Levka village where ringed and sanitized.
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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.