The Great Bustard (Otis tarda) is one of the heaviest birds that is able to fly. It is a globally threatened species occurring in Austria. SInce more than 10 years the "Technische Büro für Biologie Mag. Dr. Rainer Raab" is responsible for the conservation project Great Bustard. On this website you can find general informations about the Great Bustard, projects for the protection of the Great Bustard and current informations about the Life+ Project Great Bustard.

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Article in the "BVZ"

On April 15th 2016 an article about the success of the great bustard protection was published in BVZ. The success of the two large EU-financed LIFE - Projects for the great bustard and the cultivation of 5300 hectars of great bustard protections areas are mentioned.

BVZ on 15.04.2016 (pdf, 2,11 MB)

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Great bustard displaying

Photos of great bustard displaying

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Illustrated book “Die Großtrappe in Mitteleuropa“ handed to stakeholders

The illustrated book “Die Großtrappe in Mitteleuropa. Erfolgreicher Schutz der westpannonischen Population“ from Raab, R., Kovacs, F. J., Julius, E., Raab, S., Schütz, C., Spakovszky, P und Timar, J., which was produced in 2010 within the LIFE project (1,500 copies) with the financial support of the project partner Austrian Power Grid AG (covering printing cost), was handed out to 425 stakeholders by R. Raab. Additional 19 project-municipals and 6 project-partner got an information board till March 25th. The rest of the illustrated books were given directly from the APG to Stakeholder.(Action D.7: raising awareness among stakeholders in WWV and SPT respectively Action D.8: raising awareness among stakeholders in PPH and WHA)

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Life LogoLIFE Project
"Cross-border protection of the Great Bustard in Central Europe"Logo Natura 2000


The four project areas.

Austria (AT) and Hungary (HU) have been very active in Great Bustard conservation in the last years. After two Austrian LIFE and LIFE+ projects and one LIFE project in Hungary now both EU-countries want to start together a huge cross-border protection project for Great Bustards in Central Europe.  Based on the great success of the former measures the objectives of this LIFE project are to continue intensive habitat management efforts, reduce the threat of collision with power lines - for many years the no. 1 mortality factor for Great Bustards - and reduce predation. The LIFE project aims to support and maximise the effectiveness of the cross-border protection in Austria and Hungary through coordination of conservation measures and optimal communication.