3.5 million PLN from the National Fund for Environmental Protection and Water Management for the active protection of charadriiformes

The National Fund for Environmental Protection and Water Management, with co-financing totaling about PLN 3.5 million, supported the project of the Polish Association for the Protection of Birds entitled “Protecting plover birds through grazing and construction of small retention facilities in the area of the SPA Natura 2000 Knyszyńska Primeval Forest and the Upper Narew Valley”. The support was provided under the program “Environment, energy and climate change” – Financial Mechanism of the European Economic Area. From this source comes the amount of about PLN 3 million, supplemented by about PLN 0.5 million from the state budget.

The ecological impact of the implementation of the project will be primarily the protection of the populations of gag, redshank, lapwing, snipe and snipe in eastern Poland.

Rare Birds in Eastern Poland

The ecological impact of the implementation of the project will be primarily the protection of the populations of gag, redshank, lapwing, snipe and snipe in eastern Poland. In addition, the 85 hectare area will provide protection of the brood of plover birds from predators and improvement of hydrological conditions within the Natura 2000 Special Protection Area (SPA) Knyszyńska Primeval Forest and Upper Narew Valley. At the same time, activities will be carried out to raise the environmental awareness of society.

Beneficiary with experience

The beneficiary and implementer of the co-financed project is the Polish Society for the Protection of Birds, which has been active since 1985, ie an organization whose aim is to protect these animals, with particular emphasis on the protection of their habitats. The aim of PTOP is also to learn about the state and observation of changes in avifauna, to disseminate knowledge about birds, threats to their existence and conservation options.

On the other hand, the group of activities that PTOP undertakes includes securing and designing breeding sites, foraging sites, night shelters and other places where birds occur, conducting scientific research, as well as organizing and participating in meetings, conferences and thematic training courses.

They build social reserves

PTOP activities mainly focus on wetlands (eg water reservoirs with muddy banks), because of their greatest biodiversity. In this case, PTOP focuses on organizing their purchase with funds from grants or collections, and on creating social natural areas (refuge places) there. The foreign partner of the co-financed project is the Norwegian Ornithological Society. Its implementation will last until the end of April 2024.

grazing maintenance and development

Let’s add that the loss of breeding habitats of charadriiformes in open space is related to their desiccation and inappropriate use, as well as predator activity. This results in the need to diagnose the condition of these environments and prevent the occurrence of the phenomenon of low breeding success.

Habitat studies conducted so far in the Upper Narew Valley indicate that grazing is the best way to utilize river valleys for charadriiformes.

And it is precisely this type of action that the project will encompass, starting from the maintenance and development of grazing and the use of an electric fence in both Natura 2000 habitat areas (the Knyszyńska Forest and the Upper Narew Valley), ie where the presence of charadriiformes, ie black dog, redshank and lapwing was found. , snipe and snipe.

Small retention facilities

The project also envisions taking measures to improve water surface conditions by building small retention facilities, which will help raise groundwater levels, retain water from well backwaters and improve food conditions through shallow backwaters. to create. It is believed that the implementation of these activities will lead to the achievement of high productivity, at a level sufficient to maintain the local bird populations.

The project also includes promotional campaigns on the Internet and in social media, special TV and radio programs in collaboration with local broadcasters, as well as thematic conferences.

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