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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 and Hungary. 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

Seminar "Vögel in der Kulturlandschaft"

Participation at the Seminar "Vögel in der Kulturlandschaft" on August 11th 2017 in the chamber of agriculture NÖ. Presentation about the Great Bustard, as well as Presentation of the LIFE Project in many dialogues by Rainer Raab. (Action E.6: Publications in scientific journals and presentations at scientific conferences)

Presentation Otto Bauer


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Sad news from "Sitzendorf an der Schmida"

On July 21 an article is published about two dead Great Bustards. One of the Bustards had an injured wing and the second one was killed by a mower. That is a good example, that we still have a lot work in front of us for protecting Great Bustards.

Tot: Zwei Trappen in einer Woche (pdf, 213 KB)


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Interesting article about the LIFE Project Great Bustard in a hungarian Online Journal

On July 8th 2017 an interesting article about the LIFE Project Great Bustard is published in an important hungarian Online Journal. The focus lays on the important cooperation with farmers and agrotechnology enterprises.

Die Zeit der Großtrappe - Im Vogelschutz zählt man auf die Landwirte (PDF, 535 KB)

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ORF TV Report and several Newspaper Articles about the opening of the Great Bustard Observation Tower Zurndorf

ORF-Report about the official Opening of the LIFE+ Observation Tower Zurndorf. The opening of the tower was held in the course of the 25 years of LIFE anniversary and was a big success. Next to Bustard coordinator Rainer Raab, member of the parliament and mayor Werner Friedl, Councilor Astrid Eisenkopf and ÖGG chairmen Werner Falb-Meixner were present.

ORF-TV Report from the 19.05.2017

Burgenland: Großtrappen in einem neuen Blickfeld (pdf, 34 KB)

Gute Sicht auf Großtrappen (pdf, 574 KB)

Stromleitung unter der Erde schützen Großtrappen (pdf, 826 KB)

Aussichtsturm für Großtrappen (pdf, 1.653 KB)

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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.