This year's first bustard chicks hatched at the Great Bustard Conservation Station of the Körös-Maros National Park Directorate recently. Caregivers feed and walk the five flaky little chicks every day.
Great bustard eggs rescued from the first endangered nests arrived at the Station in mid-April. So far, experts have delivered ten endangered eggs from the KMNP and two from more remote areas.
Within the framework of the LIFE project entitled “Cross-border protection of Great Bustard in Central Europe”, the National Park Directorate could procure new, modern hatcheries. This year's chicks have already been hatched in these facilities. The other bustard eggs are also constantly monitored at the Conservation Station and we are confident that the number of successfully hatching chicks will soon increase further.
The young birds will then be reared on the Directorate’s 400-acre Great Bustard Conservation Area and will be gradually released according to the practice of previous decades.

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On July 18th 2019 a short article about the visit of the Bustard observation tower at the Wartberger church by the regional councilor Schleritzko was published.

NÖN - Artikel (jpeg, 221 KB)


Presentation about the successes of our three LIFE Projects as part of the #EUGREENWEEK.

The entire lectures can be followed live here:
An overview of the speakers:
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In the course of a major press event with Hungarian Deputy Prime Minister Zolt Semjén, the first section of a medium-voltage power line from NKM in the Kiskunság National Park was transfered below the ground and the last pylon dismantled.

On March 20th 2019 an interesting article about the golden jackal and the influence on the Great Bustard is published in Kurier.

Kurier Article (pdf, 147 KB)


These impressive photos were taken by our Bustard friend Jozef Chavko from the Raptor Protection Slovakia (Ochrana dravcov na Slovensku). The photos show an imperial eagle in the second calendar year, who was tagged on 06.07.2018 by the TB Raab in the March-Thaya-Auen in coordination with DI Hans Jörg Damm, Director of Agriculture and Forest Wilfersdorf of the Foundation Prince Liechtenstein and the professional hunter Stefan Weeks.
The bird stayed in Lower Austria and the Czech Republic for a long time after the tagging, but was spotted and photographed in the Bustard area Parndorfer Platte - Heideboden on the 2nd and 3rd of February. We hope that this bird will continue to provide many important information to learn more about the influence of the Imperial Eagle on the Great Bustard and to successfully protect both species.

An article on the LIFE Great Bustard project is published on the European Commission's website.

Cross-border cooperation boosts the great bustard

On August 1st 2018 an interesting article about the MaGICLandscapes project in the Waldviertel is published in the NÖN.

NÖN-Artikel (pdf, 2853 kB)

On July 23th 2018 an interesting article about the golden jackal and the threats for the Great Bustard is published.

Kurier Artikel (pdf, 88 KB)


On July 20th 2018 an article about game management on protected areas is published in the Newsletter of the Kiskunság National park. The article can be found on page 9 in hungarian.

KNPD Newsletter (pdf, 7.324 KB)

Fortunately, two females with offspring could already be spotted in the Marchfeld this year. Farmers in the Marchfeld have spotted these juvenile Bustards and Franz Josef Kovacs has been able to photograph them from a far distance on a high stand.

Reason for joy. During the night, at 1:45 am, a juvenile bustard was photographed by farmer Robert Kriegl in a fallow field in Marchfeld. Fortunately, the farmer has taken consideration. Because the fallow should have been chopped today - now once shifted by 2-3 weeks - and Bustard expert Rainer Raab will ride along and watch, because in the Marchfeld every juvenile Bustard is very much needed.

Miklós Lóránt, Great Bustard expert in Hungary gives an interview on the radio station MR1 Kossuth. The radio report can be heard below (Hungarian).

Radio Report MR1 Kossuth from 21.06.2018

On June 4th 2018 an interesting article about the opening of the observation tower "LIFE Großtrappe Tadten" in the BVZ is published.

Trappenschutz in Tadten (pdf, 2.361 kB)



On May 26th 2018, the official opening of the observation tower in Tadten takes place, as part of the "European Natura 2000 Day" and the 25th anniversary of the National Park Neusiedler See - Seewinkel, under the direction of Mayor Willibald Goldenits, ÖGG Chairman Werner Falb- Meixner, Great Bustard Coordinator Rainer Raab, National Park Director Johannes Ehrenfeldner, State Parliament President Rudolf Strommer and State Parliament Member Edith Sack.