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Management plan for Saker Falcon


Name of the project: Management plan for Saker Falcon (Falco cherrug) in the Czech Republic

Partners: AOPK ČR and ALKA Wildlife, o.p.s.

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 webpage 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 of the Ministry of Environment of the Czech Republic.

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

Project coordinator for ALKA Wildlife: Václav Beran

Aims of the project

The Saker Falcon (Falco cherrug) belongs to the most endangered regularly breeding bird species in the Czech Republic. There is a long-term human interest focused on this species not only because of its rarity, but also because of its attractiveness as a falconry bird. Historical data about the Saker population in the Czech Republic are very scarce. We only know that they bred in Bohemia in the 19th century. Only a very few breeding records from the first half of the 20th century were documented, but in the second half of the century, the breeding population in South Moravia was established. Petr Horák and Vladimír Gahura started systematic monitoring of the species in 1976 and since 2006 Václav Beran from ALKA Wildlife coordinates the monitoring. The Czech Republic forms the western- and northernmost part of the Saker´s global breeding range. Our population is small – less than 20 pairs, but seems to be stable. Several actions to protect this species were realised in the past, but more systematic approach is necessary to safeguard our population more efficiently. Therefore, after many years of Saker monitoring and with a relatively good knowledge of the Czech population threatening factors, we have decided to prepare a “Management plan for Saker Falcon in the Czech Republic”.

The Saker Falcon is classified as a “critically endangered species” under the Czech nature protection legislation and is globally endangered as well. We are aware, that the size of our population depends mainly on the status of the whole European population, and thus can be only partially affected by the actions taken only on the national level. Despite this fact, we are convinced that the Management plan will be an effective tool in Saker falcon conservation.

Project content: 1. Saker historical data processing and analysis; 2. Monitoring of the whole Saker population in 2015; 3. Population Viability Analysis (with use of the historical data); 4. Management plan preparation; 5. Independent opponency of the management plan; 6. Publicity of the project.

Outputs of the project

Article in "Zpravodaj SOVDS" No.16 (2016): Raroh velký (Falco cherrug)

Photo gallery

image - nesting site
nesting site
photo: Vlasta Škorpíková
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image - nest of Saker Falcon
nest of Saker Falcon
photo: Vlasta Škorpíková
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image - Saker Falcon
Saker Falcon
photo: Vlasta Škorpíková
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image - feeding of chicks
feeding of chicks
photo: Vlasta Škorpíková
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image - young Saker Falcon
young Saker Falcon
photo: Vlasta Škorpíková
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image - youngs of Saker Falcon
youngs of Saker Falcon
photo: David Horal
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image - Ringing of youngs
Ringing of youngs
photo: David Horal
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image - Adult pair
Adult pair
photo: Gašpar Čamlík
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image - Habitat of Saker Falcon
Habitat of Saker Falcon
photo: Gašpar Čamlík
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