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New, spacious home for the Lesser Kestrels at the Rescue Centre

New, spacious home for the Lesser Kestrels at the Rescue Centre

01.12.2014
Since early autumn, four aviaries at Green Balkans’ Wildlife Rescue Centre have been repaired as part of the project action aimed at improving the infrastructure within “Lesser Kestrel Recovery” LIFE11 NAT/BG/360.
 
Once completed, these aviaries will accommodate the Lesser Kestrel breeding stock, which is currently put in small, yet adapted for the species cages. The new aviaries will provide special conditions for these small and beautiful falcons, meeting all the needs of the species.
 
Since Lesser Kestrels are colonial species, providing these new, more spacious aviaries we are trying to secure the best possible living conditions for a bigger group of birds. The cages will be equipped with numerous nest boxes, in order to simulate the breeding conditions in the wild. Thus, the falcons will have better choice when forming pairs, as well as when occupying a nest site. The new aviaries also provide the birds with an opportunity for longer flights, which is good for their health and well-being. Rope perches will be provided as places to rest. A cement-covered floor equipped with own drainage system will allow maintaining better hygiene. Through a video surveillance system the birds in all aviaries and nest boxes will be continuously monitored.
 
Since the work is specific and requires knowledge and skills to work with this rare bird species, most of the reconstruction is done by the team of the Rescue Centre and “Lesser Kestrel Recovery” LIFE11 NAT/BG/360 project funded by the EU.
 
Significant contribution to all activities related to the construction of a better home (living conditions), interior, raising and breeding Lesser Kestrels has been provided by our partners from the Spanish organization DEMA.
 
The birds will be accommodated in their new, more spacious home before the next breeding season. And whether the comfort and coziness we are trying to provide for them will meet their expectations, we will only find out next spring…
 
In recent decades, the Lesser Kestrel has been extinct in Bulgaria, and thanks to the efforts and willingness of the team of Green Balkans and the project, in the past two years it has been recovered - gradually but surely. During the breeding season of 2014, a significant contribution to this recovery was provided by the young breeding stock at the Rescue Center, which hatched and raised a total of 35 chicks!
 
 
For further information, please contact:
Gradimir Gradev, Project Manager
Lesser Kestrel Recovery, LIFE11 NAT/BG/360
Mobile: +359 885 609 289; Е-mail: ggradev@greenbalkans.org
 
Yordanka Vasileva, Wildlife Rehabilitation and Breeding Center
Breeding Program Assistant, Lesser Kestrel Recovery, LIFE11 NAT/BG/360
E-mail.: yvasileva@greenbalkans-wrbc.org