The Lesser Kestrel population census was continued in 2016 in representative settlements of Thessaly plain in the framework of the project monitoring actions. In the middle of April and before the egg-laying, the project’s scientists recorded the reproductive population of the species in the villages of Thessaly. The census results will provide us with a first assessment of the conservation actions implemented in the area as well as their impact on the colony size.

Breeding Lesser Kestrel population census was also attempted to the rest of the country.  Although the majority of Lesser Kestrels nest in the Thessaly plain, smallest colonies of the species in other parts of Greece are of great importance, too.


Thus, by activating the collaborators and volunteers network of HOS, many were those who volunteered to survey the Lesser Kestrel colonies, whose status is less well-known. During the next period, data analysis will give us a better view of the status of the species in the country.

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The Project is implemented by the University of Thessaly, in collaboration with the Municipality of Rigas Ferraios, the Management Body of the Eco-development Area of Lake Karla-Mavrovouniou-Kefalovrysou-Velestinou, the Hellenic Ornithological Society and the NCC Ltd, with the financial support of the European Commission

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Πανεπιστήμιο Θεσσαλίας - Εργαστήριο Διαχείρισης Οικοσυστημάτων και Βιοποικιλότητας Δήμος Ρήγα ΦεραίουΦορέας Διαχείρισης Περιοχής Οικοανάπτυξης Κάρλας - Μαυροβουνίου - Κεφαλοβρύσου - ΒελεστίνουΕλληνική Ορνιθολογική ΕταιρείαNature Conservation Consultants