EuroNatur projects for the protection of cranes

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Crane protection across national borders

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© Bruno Dittrich

While the crane populations in Central, North and West Europe are now stable thanks to wide-ranging protection measures, bird counts in South East Europe show a steady downward trend. Alongside increasing habitat loss it is above all bird hunting that accounts for the dwindling numbers of cranes in the Balkans. More...


Protection of cranes in Serbia

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© Milan Knezev

On their long journey to their wintering sites and on the return trip to the breeding grounds cranes need undisturbed resting places. One of the most important resting areas on the Adriatic flyway is the wetlands area of Slano Kopovo in Northeast Serbia. More...


Protecting cranes in Spain

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© Gunther Willlinger

Every year around 70 000 cranes find their way here to winter in the South West of Spain. In the steppes and oak groves of the Extremadura the elegant birds find habitats to suit them and sufficient food. More... 


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