For yet another year, LIFE project for the Lesser Kestrel is implementing environmental education activities that are found in the implementation area of the project.
Eugenia, who is in charge for this activity, told us:
“We travelled to Stefanovikeio, Kileler and Zappeio. Both students and teachers welcomed us and made us feel their warmth, despite outside temperature! Although most of the kids knew the species, they learnt even more through our activities…
All students were offered informative materials as well as T-shirts with drawn Lesser Kestrels. Kids loved them and didn’t want to take them off!
Our next meeting is in springtime, when Lesser Kestrels will have arrived in Thessaly…”
This is the second consecutive year that ornithologists of LIFE project for the Lesser Kestrel are installing nest boxes to study and monitor Lesser Kestrels.
A Press Release to the local press invited owners of houses and storehouses who are interested in nest boxes to communicate with people of the project – and there have been some people reciprocating to this appeal.
Nest boxes are funded by the project. Their installation is being made by ornithologists working for the project to assure that their position will be safe and suitable for this species.
In January 2015 a team of Hellenic Ornithological Society visited Spain, as part of networking activities for LIFE project for the Lesser Kestrel. The ornithologist mr.PanosKordopatis told us:
“We first visited the Doñana Biological Station in Sevilla. There we discussed with experienced ornithologists who are studying this species for decades, using innovating monitoring techniques. Learning from their experience and knowledge will help us in the activities of our own project, for the population at Thessaly.
We then went to the small town of Almendralejo, south of Extremadura. Pepe, from DEMA, waited for us there. DEMA is a local NGO working for the Lesser Kestrel for more than 30 years! In the days that followed he showed us infrastructures that are being maintained for the reproduction of Lesser Kestrel. He also showed us the amazing installation of nest boxes at the town’s church – a church dated back to 15th century hosting some 80 couples of Lesser Kestrels.
Overall, our trip was extremely constructive. Our Spanish colleagues and we exchanged information and experiences that we hope to use in our own LIFE project for the Lesser Kestrel. We thank our friends for their hospitality and hope to meet again soon.”
LIFE project for the Lesser Kestrel participated at Expo Agrotic Farm that was held from 3rd to 5th October, in Athens, explaining to visitors how biodiversity can become an ally for the farmers.
LIFE project for the Lesser Kestrel participated at the 1st Greek Festival of Agriculture and Stockbreeding that was held in N. Aghialos from 28th to 31st August 2014. Information leaflets were distributed and we took part to an open discussion held on the 30th of August in order to present the purpose and the activities of this project.
Quite a few of the people visiting this festival had lived (or still do) at the implementation area of the project. They were happy to share with us personal stories about the Lesser Kestrel.
Almost 40 transmitters were installed to Lesser Kestrels in the implementation area of the project. This activity is difficult to implement, yet of crucial importance when studying bird movements. First data collected are extremely interesting – looks like we still have a lot to learn about Lesser Kestrels!
Furthermore, about 300 young and adult Lesser Kestrels were ringed by the researchers of the project, during this last month, mainly to study their movements: first results showed that quite a few birds ringed in 2013 returned to the same village – even same nest as last year!