Martins in the sand

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Photo: Angel Cano

The first national survey of sand martins in Estonia was organized by the Estonian Ornithological Society in the summer of 2017. The study aimed to estimate the size of the breeding population, map their distribution and sample the breeding success in different types of colonies. In 2018 the project will introduce for the first time in the country management measures for sand martins in mineral extraction sites.

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Islands for living in Górażdże quarries

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Photo 1. Clearings of bushes and small trees performed on island in Malerzowice quarry have made the place much more attractive for birds. Black-headed gulls Larus ridibundus already begin to occupy the island and the Common Terns should appear soon.

Mining sites of Górażdże company are important breeding places for many waterbirds. The group especially rich in endangered and conservation dependent taxa are those inhabiting islands.

In Górażdże mining sites at least 3 species threatened at the EU level are breeding on islands, i.e. Common Tern, Little Tern, Mediterranean Gull together with some other important species like Common Gull, Black-headed Gull, Little Ringed Plover. But the accessibility of islands for birds is often restricted, because of limited number of islands or their unfavorable structure, caused for example by overgrowing vegetation. Continue reading