A Nice Story from Poland

Cows tapped to protect rare birds in Poland. 

Lesser Spotted Eagle

Lesser Spotted Eagle


Twenty five cows are to be handed over to farmers in eastern Poland to graze in the open, creating an ideal habitat for the Lesser Spotted Eagle, Polskie Radio reported on January 5. 

This is part of a project aimed at protecting this large Eastern European bird of prey, launched in Poland with funding from the EU and the National Nature Protection Fund. 

“The farmers are expected to breed the cattle and hand over the young to other farmers in the region. The programme focuses on improving the habitat of the Lesser Spotted Eagle in Bialowieza and Knyszynska Forests,” the radio said. 

The project, which costs about 4.6 million euro, also provides for erecting 300 wooden posts enabling the eagles to look out for prey in the open fields, mowing overgrown deserted fields and creating small water reservoirs. 

About 1,900 pairs of the Lesser Spotted Eagle nest in Poland. I’ve been lucky enough to see some on visits to Poland. 

This is a story quite reminiscent of the project underway for the last several years down in the Burren – http://www.burrenlife.com/ – Farming for Conservation. 

While it sounds like a nice project, I’d have two basic questions : 

1. How could 25 cows, 300 wooden posts and project management possibly cost € 4.6 m ? 

2. Won’t there be other birds and animals generally that will lose out by the mowing of overgrown, deserted fields ? 

[Original story from The Financial – www.finchannel.com]


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