European Stork Village 2016 - Poros , Greece

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Poros is a village in the municipality of Feres on the edge of the Evros Delta on the border to Turkey. Roughly 200 square kilometres of the delta are protected as a national park. Numerous wetlands and meadows along the delta have been turning into scrubland over the past years as farmers have given up extensive grazing the land.

The management of the national park plans to reopen these areas through strategic grazing projects. The nesting conditions are also to be improved. So far the storks have been nesting solely on electric pylons. The municipality wants to install artificial nesting platforms with the support of the electricity company HEDNO as an alternative.

The village authorities in Poros and its partners are placing great emphasis on raising awareness in the local population. An environmental consciousness project on the storks has been carried out In the three primary schools in the municipality. This is to be further extended, and in addition an annual stork festival is to be held. The village is planning to reach people beyond the confines of the region and to gain their interest and support for the protection of storks and their habitat.

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Nests on: Breeding platforms, electricity pylons

Stork festival: introduced in 2016, planned to take place every year in future at the end of May

Measures: Nesting platforms as an alternative to nesting places on electricity pylons, measures to reduce the incidents of electric shocks suffered by birds, encouragement of extensive grazing, environmental education.

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