European Stork Village 2002 - Marchegg (Austria)

The town of Marchegg with around 3,000 inhabitants lies approx. 45 km to the north-east of Vienna on the border with Slovakia. It is situated within the 38,500 hectare Donau-March- Thayaauen Ramsar site. The stork colony is in the 1,150 hectare Marchegg Reserve, where black stork, grey heron, night heron, white-tailed eagle, eagle owl, black and red kite also breed. The designation of the wet meadows as a nature conservation area and the support for a comprehensive grazing project using Scottish highland cattle have safeguarded this area as a feeding ground for white storks. This small town is situated directly on the European Green Belt.

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Nests on: pedunculate oaks

Stork festival: transboundary stork festival around the 20 June

Support measures: extensive grazing projects, nest protection, management of wet meadows

Further details: as many as 8 pairs on one tree, regional development programme for floodplains

Partners: WWF Austria

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