European Stork Village 1996 - Nagybajom (Hungary)
The village of Nagybajom with 3,600 inhabitants is situated in the Somogy district, and in the south it borders on the 7,933 hectares of the Boronka reserve, whose designation as a protected area received considerable support from EuroNatur. The local association Lake Balaton / River Drava Green Bridge is campaigning for the preservation of grazing pastures, woodlands and ponds for a wildlife corridor between Lake Balaton and the Drava National Park. It is not only white storks that find their ideal living conditions here. Fifteen pairs of white-tailed eagles breed here as well and otters can often be seen. Habitat protection measures in particular are urgently required, as Hungary's stork population has declined from 15,000 pairs in 1941 to 4,800 pairs in 2003. There were still 380 pairs recorded across the Somogy municipal district in 2003.
Nests on: houses, electricity and telegraph poles
Stork festival: early June
Support measures: construction of bases for nests, environmental education in schools, conservation of wet meadows
Further details: ecological town twinning with Schortens (Lower Saxony)
Partners: Somogy Natural Heritage Foundation