European Stork Village 2014 - Buzica (Slovakia)
The parish of Buzica on the Slovakian-Hungarian border is one of the three most important nesting areas for the white stork in Slovakia: the Košice basin, a designated bird reserve. The stork is held in great esteem in the parish of Buzica. Both the local citizens and the parish authorities support measures to protect these large black and white birds. Buzica is one of the first Slovakian parishes to install artificial nest bases as an alternative to nesting on electricity poles. These have been well received by the storks and are in frequent use. Since 1976 the parish has carried out a systematic stork census. Great emphasis is placed on raising the local population's awareness of the need for stork protection measures. There is an environmental education programme 'Stork', designed to develop understanding of the issues in even very young children. A kindergarten and a primary school in Buzica are involved in this. Other activities include regular issues of the school magazine Goya (Stork), and each June pupils work alongside young adults to help with the ringing of young storks. Each spring, there are traditional celebrations in the village of Buzica, to mark the arrival of
Nests on: breeding platforms, electricity poles
Stork festival: annual festival to greet the arrival of the storks in spring.
Support measures: environmental education, artificial nest bases as an alternative to nests on electricity poles.