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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.

Latest News

Extensive chapter in the Report "Biologische Vielfalt in Österreich" of the Federal Environment Agency

In December 2012 an extensive chapter about the global situation, as well as many other interesting topics of the Great Bustard is published in the Report "Entwicklung der biologischen Vielfalt in Österreich".

Biologische Vielfalt in Österreich (pdf, 13,6 MB)

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Article in the "NÖN"

On December 21st 2016 an Article is published about the annual general assembly of the "Goggendorfer" Eco-Association "Grüne Welt". Rainer Raab also gives a statement about the current situation of Great Bustards, as well as  future plans in the LIFE Project.

NÖN on 21.12.2016 (jpg, 1.967 KB)

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Article on the Homepage of APA

On December 12th 2016 an interesting Article about the possible threat of the Golden jackal for the Great Bustard is released on the homepage of APA (Austria Presse Agentur). Next to many other experts, Rainer Raab also gives a statement on this new predator.

APA on 12.12.2016 (pdf, 88 KB)

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Presentation at the University of Natural Resources and Applied Life Sciences, Vienna (BOKU) by R. Raab (A)

Presentation "Cross-border protection of the Great Bustard and telemetry study of raptors in Central Europe" held in the frame of the lecture "Angewandtes Naturschutzmanagement" at the University of Natural Ressources and Applied LIFE Science by R. Raab. (Action D.2: Project Board Meetings and Information Events)

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LIFE-Project Meeting with hungarian and serbian Partners over several days

From 23rd to 25th of November 2016 several Projectmeetings with hungarian as well as serbian partners and some field trips to Nature Conservation sites (Hevesi Füves Puszták Tájvédelmi Körzet, Sarud, Severni-Banat, Köros-Maros) take place in Hungary and Serbia. Presentation of the LIFE Project in many dialogues by R. Raab. (Action E.2: Project Board Meetings and Information Events).

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Objective


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.