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Measures of the Action Plan for European ground squirrel

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Name of the project: Implementation of selected measures of the Action Plan of the European ground squirrel in the Southern Moravia region

Partner of the project: Muzeum Karlovy Vary

Duration: 2015-2016

Financing: EEA grants 2009-2014, Ministry of the Environment of the Czech Republic

Supported by EEA Grants.

The project is funded by EEA grants 2009-2014 and Ministry of Environment of the Czech Republic. The content of the web page is fully within the responsibility of the recipient of the grant – ALKA Wildlife o.p.s. and does not represent opinion of the donor nor Ministry of Environment of the Czech Republic.

Programme: Small grant scheme the Action Plans for Endangered Species II, Programme CZ02

Leader of the project: Lukáš Poledník


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Aim of the project

European ground squirrel (EGS) was common inhabitant of the lowland grasslands of the Czech Republic. However, strong decrease of the population occurred in second half of the last century with the result of only 28 mutually isolated sites of occurrence recorded in 2005. As most of these populations are small and isolated, the probability of species extinction is high. Therefore, in 2008 Ministry of Environment of the Czech Republic approved the Action Plan for the species.

The aim of the project is to implement four important measures listed in the Action Plan in the region of Southern Moravia: 1. Detailed distribution survey in vineyard areas, 2. Demographic study of selected population of EGS, 3. Population viability analysis of the species in the Czech Republic, 4. Actions to raise public awareness.

The region of the Southern Moravia was selected from two main reasons: a) only little attention was up to now paid to the situation of the European ground squirrel in this area and few measures of the Action Plan were actually implemented here, including regular monitoring of the species, which is focused namely on already known sites (e.g. airports) instead of searching for new ones. Therefore, the survey of the areas that could potentially host EGS populations are part of this project. , b) the climatic and landscape factors and rather agricultural human use together with close distance to the populations in other European countries with EGS (Slovak Republic, Austria) allows metapopulation structure of the distribution of the species with well established colonies interconnected by patches of small/temporal colonies. Such a structure seems to be the critical for long term survival of the species in the Czech Republic and up to now only little is known about it.

For more information contact the leader of the project: lukas.polednik@alkawildlife.eu


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Outputs of the project

1) Trademark Souslik friendly vineyard
Trademark "Souslik friendly vineyard" was developed and is registered at the Industrial Property Office. Wine growers, who grass their vineyards and have sousliks there, have permission to use the trademark on the wine botlles produced from these vineyards. Currently 15 wine growers has rights to use it.

2) Web page www.syslinavinici.cz
New web page for trademark Souslik friendly vineyard was created.

3) Leaflet Sousliks - Help us to protect them! (pdf)

4) Leaflet When buying wine with the trademark you help to protect sousliks (pdf)

Photo gallery

Distribution survey in the South Moravia region

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Velké Pavlovice region
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Velké Pavlovice region
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Souslik hole
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vineyard
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vineyard
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Souslik hole
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Souslik hole
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Vineyards
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Vineyards
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Distribution survey
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vineyard
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Distribution survey
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Apricot orchard
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Distribution survey
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Distribution survey
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Souslik hole
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vineyard
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Wine
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Distribution survey
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Souslik hole
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Demographic study on grass airport in the village Miroslav

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Airport in Miroslav
photo: Kateřina Poledníková
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Using phototraps
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Phototrap
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Using phototraps
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Souslik in the hole
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Souslik hole
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Souslik hole
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Catching sousliks
photo: Tereza Mináriková
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Catching sousliks
photo: Tereza Mináriková
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Ceremony of award of trademark "Souslik friendly vineyard" to first 14 wine growers in Velké Pavlovice

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Ceremony
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Ceremony
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Ceremony
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Ceremony
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Ceremony
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Ceremony
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Ceremony
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Bottles with the trademark
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Trademark on a bottle
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Presentation of souslik in Velke Pavlovice

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Lecture about souslik in Ekocentrum Trkmanka
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Souslik at "Apricot celebration"
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Souslik at "Apricot celebration"
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Souslik at "Apricot celebration"
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Souslik at "Open wine celler night"
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Bottles with the trademark
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