Why the campaign?

Uniting forces for the birds

© Dieter Haase
© Dieter Haase

As long as the routes of migratory birds are not safe, even the most complex protection measures in the breeding areas cannot bring long-term success. The situation is tense. According to estimations, altogether much more than two million birds get shot each year in the five countries along the Adriatic Flyway.

The shooting by the Adriatic Sea affects our regions, too!
Hunters do not only shoot rare wading and water birds like cranes and spoonbills, but also birds of prey which are endangered all over the world. Furthermore they kill bird species like skylarks and quails, which do also live in our regions. In Albania, Croatia, and Montenegro, hunters focus on coastal areas, where the few intact resting areas for migratory birds are situated. Like this, the birds are especially pressurized. After their strenuous journey over the Mediterranean Sea, they arrive at the coast completely exhausted. But instead of finding some rest, they are already awaited by the hunters.


Unite forces by providing information

Since its foundation in 1987, EuroNatur is deeply committed to making the Adriatic Flyway safer for migratory birds. The objective of the campaign “Free Flight over the Adria” is to raise the public awareness of this explosive topic by providing established information. EuroNatur has collected this information during its long-time project work on the Balkans.


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