European Stork Village 2011 - Eskikaraağaç (Turkey)


The small village of Eskikaraağaç is situated on the picturesque banks of Lake Uluabat in north-west Turkey. The varied landscapes and the large number of bird species make this area around Lake Uluabat an insider tip for nature-lovers and bird-lovers alike. For several years now, this parish has been encouraging extensive grazing in the species-rich meadows and pastures on Lake Uluabat, to preserve and enhance stork feeding grounds. The measures taken to prevent the death of these large birds from electrocution are exemplary. Following pressure from stork conservationists, energy suppliers have replaced the most dangerous sections of overhead cables with underground cables, have made electricity poles endangering birds harmless by adding protective covers and used flags on overhead cables on stork flight paths to make them more visible. Furthermore, artificial nests have been erected, to make the storks’ task easier.

© Martin Schneider-Jacoby
© Martin Schneider-Jacoby
© EuroNatur
© EuroNatur


Nests on: houses, mosque, breeding platforms

Stork festival: held regularly every year since 2005

Support measures: promotion of extensive grazing, measures to reduce death by electrocution, the constructon of artificial nests

Partners: Doga Derbegi conservation association, parish of Eskikaraağaç,
borough of Nilüfer, district of Karacabey, province of Bursa

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