Bird protection measures in selected project areas in Tyrol
- Topic area
- Environment, biodiversity, nature conservation
- Disaggregation level
- Nature conservation
- Knowledge transfer
- Project region
- LE– Programming Period
- LE 14–20
- Project period
- Project costs overall
- 53.492 €
- Subsidy from LE 14-20
- 39.992 €
- EN - 7.6.1. a) L Studien und Investitionen zur Erhaltung, Wiederherstellung und Verbesserung des natürlichen Erbes - Naturschutz
- Project initiator
- Amt der Tiroler Landesregierung, Abteilung Umweltschutz
Short descriptionThe aim of the project is to set targeted measures to protect farmland bird species in selected areas where favorable populations of the species are still present.
In cooperation with BirdLife Tyrol, 37 agricultural areas in Tyrol have been defined for this purpose, in which good populations of grassland-, hedge and tree trunk breeders are still known. The main target species defined were whinchat, tree pipit, skylark, ortolan, corncrake, quail, red-backed shrike, hoopoe, wryneck and common redstart.
Point of departureIn Austria, the mainly ground-nesting bird species of agricultural landscapes are particularly affected by declines. This is shown by recent results of the EU Birds Directive with a comparatively high proportion of species with negative population trends in cultivated landscapes in Austria. A similar picture shows the interim result of the breeding bird atlas in Austria. Here, massive declines in the occurrence of ground-breeding bird species of agricultural landscapes such as whinchat or skylark have been observed since 1980.
This is especially true in Tyrol. The whinchat has disappeared in the last 20 years from most of the original areas of the lowlands. Particularly the intensification of grasslands and partly also the abandonment of land are blamed for the declines in ground-nesting bird species.
Targets and target groupsWithin selected bird project areas, farmers are being contacted in a targeted way and informed about the needs of ground- and hedge breeding bird species. The environmental measure within the Austrian Agri-environmental Programme is to ensure that as many areas as possible are managed in conformity with bird conservation standards. To this end, new funding contracts are concluded and existing ones adapted if necessary.
The aim is to maintain or create as many extensively cultivated areas for the birds as possible and to support their breeding success. At the same time, the public will be informed about the measures.