Bird Study and Protection Society of Serbia
European Red Data Book of Birds (2014)
Monitoring of Little Ringed Plover, Sand Martin and White-tailed Eagle in Serbia (2013-2014)
Mapping of Rook colonies in Banat
Seventh International Census of White Stork Ciconia ciconia in Serbia (2014-2015)
During 2014 and 2015 the Society is counting all breeding pairs of White Stork in Serbia. By organizing a wide front of members, sympatizes and nature lovers. Censuses of White Stork in its breeding areas are organized once per ten years. The goal is to scan its population size, breeding success and breeding sites. These data are serving for scanning of changes in the population size of this species, as well as for planning of conservation measures. Partial donor of this project is NABU- BirdLife in Germany.
Improving of the bird conservation status of IBAs in Serbia: Slano Popovo, Rusanda and Okanj Lakes (2013)
Slano Kopovo, Rusanda and Okanj alkaline lakes are all Important Bird Areas (IBAa). Slano Kopovo is protected areas since 2001, while shallow alkaline lake Okanj is protected within the special nature reserve in May 2013. Rusanda with its surroundings is in a way to be designated as protected area in 2013. Bird Protection and Study Society of Serbia has helped and still helps the processes of conservation of Rusanda and Okanj. Slano Kopovo is a Ramsar Site, while Bird Protection and Study Society of Serbia wants to propose also Rusanda and Okanj for the inclusion to the Ramsar List because of their huge importance for the conservation of wildlife. The aim of this project is to support the conservation of alkaline lakes in Banat thru active conservation of two species characteristic for the Pannonian Biogeographical Region (European Roller Coracias garrulus and Red-footed Falcon Falco vespertinus, compbat against the poaching and bird crime, imporving the infrastructure for birdwatching and educational and promotional activities in local communities. Projec is financed by EuroNatur Foundation.
Identification and minitoring of bird species in Tara National Park (2013)
Strenghtening of population of European Roller (Coracias garrulus) in Vojvodina (2013)
The goal of the project is strenghtening of population of European Roller on the southern egde of countinual range of this species in Vojvodina, on alkaline meadows in Tisa Valley in Banat. Before the start of our work on active conservation of this species, the southern part of the renge was situated on the line connecting Kikinda and Padej, while in 2012 it was on the geographical line connecting Taraš, elemir and Žitište, almost 50 km to the south. In order to enable succesiful colonization of alkaline meadows to the south of Taraš, as well as the saline corridor in east banat, on all suitable habitats we will install breeding boxes and monitor the breeding process. We expect that parts of the population in Tisa River Valley will merge with individual pairs in Deliblato Sands. For the purpose of long term monitoring, locations of breeding boxes will be marked by GPS device, breeding success monitored and chicks ringed by tradtitional rings. Public awareness on active approach in bird conservation will beraised by directed campaign – by printing and dissemination of educational material to the stakeholders. Project was financed by Provincial Secretariat for Urban Planning, Civil Engeneering and Environmental Protection and assisted by Riparia Naturalist’ Society.
Census of pairs of Saker Falcon (Falco cherrug) in Serbia (2013)
Survey and conservation of ecologically valuable limestone gorges in Serbia (2012/2013)
The aim of this project was to collect data on wildlife diversity in limestone gorges in Serbia for the purpose of the promotion of the conservation of these sites. The most significant threat for their conservation is plan according to which several hundreds of hydropower plants of different capacity will be buildt in Serbia, majority of which on fast-flowing mountain rivers in limestone gorges. Project was financed by the Rufford Foundation.
Project news: http://www.ruffordsmallgrants.org/rsg/projects/uros_pantovic
Let's learn about and save House Martins and Common Swifts in Novi Sad (2012)
House Martin (Delichon urbica) and Common Swift (Apus apus) are indicator species for the quality of our environment in cities. Both species directly suffer form our inadequate attitute towards urban avifauna. The goal of this project is to count the whole population of these species, to popularize species conservation measures and to facilitate improvement of our attitute towards urban birds. Project is financed by Directorate for Environmntal Protection of the City of Novi Sad.
Promotion of European Important Bird Areas in rural areas (2012)
Important Bird Areas of European Importance in Serbia are the most valuable parts of our natural heritage. However, little is known about their distribution, natural values and conservation out of academic institutions and nature conservation sector. The goal of this project is to promote (by poster), IBA in areas where they are concentrated and the most conserved: in rural regions and among young population. Project is financed by Secretariat for Sport and Youth of Autonomous Province of Vojvodina.
Novi Sad School of Ornithology (2012)
The basic goal of this project is to organize a series of ornithological and bird conservation lactures for young people from Novi Sad high schools and a field trips which will enable increase in number of BPSSS members and more active participation of new members in our actions and programs. Project is financed by Directorate for Sport and Youth of the City of Novi Sad.
Wonderous bird migration (2012)
This project has promoted and celebrated bird migration! Fascination by bird migration among our members was supported by organizing a Eurobirdwatch (6 and 7 October 2012). Within the project monitoring of Crane (Grus grus) migration was organized by collecting a data on roosting places and overflying of migration flocks.
Adriatic Flyway Project - Towards a functioning system of stopover sites along the Adriatic Flyway (2012-2013)
Bird Protection and Study Society of Serbia joins the international project “Adriatic Flyway”, run by the European Nature Heritage Fund (EuroNatur) from Germany and financed by MAVA foundation from Switzerland. During the two years we will work together with Association for Protection of Aquatic Wildlife of Albania, Ornithological Society “Naše ptice” (Bosnia & Herzegovina), Croatian Society for the Bird and Nature Protection, Centre for Protection and Research of Birds (Montenegro) and DOPPS-BirdLife Slovenia. Main goals of this project will be strengthening the protected stopover areas and hunting bans through improved management, environmental education, monitoring and lobbying and raising public awareness of the importance of bird conservation and of combating bird crime throughout the region. Special Nature Reserve and IBA “Slano Kopovo” will be promoted as a successful hunting ban area in Serbia.
Developing eco-tourism on Rusanda (2011-2012)
During the 2012 BPSSS will be developing basic infrastructure for eco-tourism development on Rusanda. Two information boards on birds in the park and on the lake will be designed and made, along with the large bird observation hide, the first ever on this locality. These activities are funded by the Provincial Secretariat for Urbanism, Construction and Environmental Protection and European Nature Heritage Fund (EuroNatur) from Germany.
Setting up a breeding platforms for steppe raptors in Vojvodina (2011)
Vojvodina is one of the most deforested regions in Europe, and number of forest patches and big solitary trees is depleted during the last decades. Those large trees are particularly important nesting sites for globally threatened Imperial Eagle Aquila heliaca and Saker Falcon Falco cherrug, as well as for few other rare raptors. During the second half of 2011, Bird Protection and Study Society of Serbia started a project based on design and production of nest platforms which will be erected on suitable sites in steppe regions in north and central Banat, providing good and safe nest places for Imperial Eagle, Saker Falcon and other raptors inhabiting steppe ecosystems of Vojvodina. Project is financed by Serbian Environmental Protection Fund and coordinated by Provincial Secretariat for Urbanism, Civil Engineering and Environmental Protection.
Wings across the Balkans (2010-2011)
The overall objective of this project led by BirdLife International and financed by the European Comission is to raise the level of biodiversity protection in the Western Balkans through renewed environmental legislation complying with EU directives. Project supports more proactive role of civil society organizations in protection and management of natural resources. One of the objectives is to establish an effective network of seven nature conservation organizations in Croatia, Serbia, FYR of Macedonia, Montenegro and Bosnia & Herzegovina, well trained and informed to stimulate government action for biodiversity conservation through civil society mechanisms. The project will be done throughout the activities such as trainings for national coordinators, development of simple conservation action plans for the most important sites, comparative analysis and identification of gaps between nature protection legislation and the EU Wild Birds Directives, identification, development and advocating for legal measures to address the unsustainable species exploitation in the target countries, data collection and identification of direct and indirect threats on IBAs, establishment of Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with some of the main stakeholders which affect the conservation of IBAs, preparation of proposals for designation of new protected areas and followed by advocacy and campaigning.
Conservation management and animal health monitoring of NATURA 2000 species (2010-2011)
EU Environmental Policies and Strategies in South Eastern Europe: Capacity Building for the Implementation of EU Environmental Policies and Strategies in F.Y.R. of Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia (2010-2011)
Objective of this project is to support Montenegro, FYROM and Serbia in their EU accession process through the increased role of NGOs in the implementation of key EU environmental policies and strategies, namely the EU policies relating to sustainable management of natural resources (Natura 2000), the rural development components of the EU Common Agricultural Policy and „green infrastructure“ regulations.
Case stydy publication (1 MB)
Project description in pdf (276 kb)
EU Nature Conservation Directives and Serbia (powerpoint presentation, 784 kb)
Ecological status of the River Tamis (powerpoint presentation, 3.21 MB)
Twining Natura 2000 project (powerpoint presentation, 1.80 MB)
Resource Center Natura 2000 (powerpoint presentation, 1.80 MB)
Project brochure (680 KB)
Banat region (2.37 MB)
Mapping and conservation of tern and gull colonies in Serbia (2008)
The aim of the project was the survey of all tern and gull colonies in Serbia, listing of owners and users of land where the colonies are situated, scanning of threatening factors for colonies and nesting places and designing of protection measures that would ensure their future existence. Project was funded by Provincial Secretariat for Environmental Protection and Sustainable Development of Province of Vojvodina.
Project report in pdf (725 kb)
Saker Falcon population census in Serbia (2007)
From the conservation point of view, in perspective of the total number of bird populations in Europe and the conserbation status, the most important bird species in Serbia is the Saker Falcon Falco cherrug. In the last 30 years its adaptation to conditions on deforested agricultural fields that are prevailing in Vojvodina has significantly advanced, therby most pairs chose nesting on pylons of high voltage transmission lines. The aim of the project was to register all pairs of large birds on the high-voltage transmission lines in Vojvodina, with a monitoring of conditions in which the Saker Falcon is nesting. After this, concrete measures for preservation were carried out by placing nesting boxes. The project was funded by the Environmental Consultants Ltd Agency. Project report in pdf (619 kb)
Rapid ecological assessment on ornithological value of the lower course of the Drina (2007)
The lower course of the Drina River is an ecologically and functionally well-preserved environment, with excellent characteristics and rich dynamic of the low course of this mountain river, especially with intensive meandering, gravel deposition and depending on the volume of flow, river bed changes. River bed is characterized by large deposits of gravel in the form of islands with pioneer vegetation, which maintain their existence thanks to the fact that this river has not been regulated. Lower course of the Drina is the only nesting place of Little Tern Sterna albifrons in Serbia, and the only natural nesting place of Common Tern Sterna hirundo in our country. The project was funded by the European Natural Heritage Foundation EuroNatur.
Information about the project:
Tucakov, M. (2008): Threatened Natural Heritage of the Lower Coursee of the Drina River. Live Along the Sava 1: 14. http://cmsdata.iucn.org/downloads/life_along_sava_01_lowres.pdf
Strengthening of NGO sector in nature protection in Serbia and Montenegro (2006 - 2007)
The aim of the project was to strengthen the functional capacities of the Bird Study and Protection Society of Serbia and the League for the Ornithological Action of Serbia through various activities. This was conducted in partnership with the Hungarian Society for Nature and Bird Protection (MME - BirdLife Hungary). Project activities included practical assistance in bird conservation by setting up nesting boxes for Roller Coracias Garrulus, Saker Falcon Falco cherrug and White Stork Ciconia ciconia, management training, a conference on the possibility of cross-border cooperation in active bird protection, and promotional materials publishing and distribution. The project was sponsored by the Hungarian Ministry of Foreign Affairs via the Hungarian Foundation for International Development.
Safe nests for the white stork (2004-2005)
White Stork Ciconia ciconia nesting on pillars of low-voltage transmission lines in Vojvodina is a major environmental and economic problem. The adults, chicks and nests can be affected and endangered on wires, especially during humid days when rain soaks the nesting material. If the birds combine parts of the system of different voltage, it can often come to short circuits. In these cases birds can be seriously injuried or killed. All unnecessary material on the pillars is undesirable for the company for electrodistribution, and for that reason, before nesting period, all nests get crashed and wires and pillars get cleaned. On the other hand, crashes of electro systems are quite common. In collaboration with PE “Elektrovojvodina” platforms were created and placed on concrete pillars as a base for nests in the villages in Central Banat. The project was funded by the Royal Netherlands Embassy in Belgrade.
Information on project results:
Tucakov, M. (2005): Nests Safe for white storks. Danube Watch 4 / 2005: 9
White Stork as the leading species in protection of Lower Tamiš area (2004-2005)
The most abundant location of nesting pairs of white storks in Serbia (40%) is located in settlements near the flooding area of the lower course of the Tamis. In this part of Serbia, White Stork is one of the fundamental natural values and may very well serve for protection of this area and well preserved habitats around vojvodinian course of Tamis. Location and number of pairs of this species was registrated and mapped in all settlements. In order to preserve the white stork, needs for their protection were considered (especially bearing in mind that a large number of pairs usually nest on low-voltage transmission lines) and the habitat status and ornithological value was assessed. This necessary analysis was prepared for future protection of this area, as one of the key dynamic wetlands in Serbia. The project was funded by the British Foundation Rufford.
Project report on:
Project results, article: Tucakov, M. (2006): Population Development, nest site selection and conservation measures for the White Stork Ciconia ciconia along the upper Tamis River (Vojvodina, Serbia N). Acrocephalus 27 (128-129): 225-232, Project report in pdf (673 kb)
Spoonbill Platalea leucorodia protection and population census in Serbia (2003)
Spoonbill is one of the rarest nestingbirds in Serbia. Within this project, detailed counting of pairs was orginized in all noted colonies of this species in Serbia. In addition of listing numbers, a study of site and fish pond conditions, as well as plastic colored ring marking of young birds was carried out, and various methods of colony protection were considered. This project was funded by the European Natural Heritage Foundation EuroNatur.
Information on project results in articles:
Tucakov, M., Žuljević, A. & Balog, I. (2003): Initial results of an international project of Spoonbill markation with colored rings in Serbia and Montenegro, Ciconia 12: 31-32.
Tucakov, M. & Žuljević, A. (2005): How to protect colonies of Eurasian Spoonbill Platalea leucorodia on carp fish farms in Serbia? EUROS Spoonbill Newsletter 4: 10-14.
Tucakov, M. (2004): Changes of breeding habitat and numbers of Spoonbill Platalea leucorodia in Vojvodina (Serbia N). Acrocephalus 25 (121): 73-80.. Project report in PDF. (476 kb)
White stork and heron colony – a campaign for the popularization of their protection (2001-2002)
This project was carried out with the involvement of Society members relying on results of two previous projects (Mapping of heron and cormorant colonies and Protection of white storks in the Carpathian Basin). The aim of this project was to inform, educate and raise awereness on burning issues in protection of this group of species in local communities in areas with the highest concentrations of heron colonies and nesting pairs of white stork (the Tisa, Tamis and Begej valley). 9 members of our Society took part. The project was funded by the Hungarian Partnership for the Environment.
Information on project results, article: Gergely, J. (2002): White stork and heron colony - campaign for the popularization of their protection, Ciconia 26-34.
Through education and dialogue to harmonization of bird protection and fish breeding (2001)
During 2001 our members in cooperation with the owners of all 26 major carp fish farms in Vojvodina organized educational and dialogue meetings with the aim to learn about problems associated with the conflict between piscoivorous birds and fish breeding. Fishponds are considered exclusively as economic areas, but the truth is that they are extremely important bird biodiversity spots as well. Through project work, all the important elements of management were studied in detail, and also, possibilities for developing alternative forms of management that do not endanger birds and their habitats. This project was financed by the Regional Center for the Environment.
Information on project result, in articles:
Tucakov, M., Lukač, Š., Gergely, J., Barna, K., Žuljević, A., Djapic, D. & Lukac, Š. (2001): Report on the implementation and results of the project " Education and dialogue as a path for bird protection and fish breeding harmonisation (2001), 10: 31-38.
Tucakov, M. (2005): Carp fish ponds: traps or refuge for the living world in a transitional country? DEF Bulletin 1 / 2005: 12-14.
Damage assessment on bird fauna from cyanide pollution in Tisa (2000)
The main goal of this project was to register direct damages to bird fauna, after the discharge of toxins from Romanian mines into the Tisa River, in the spring of 2000. Status of nesting pairs and colonies of following species was listed: White-tailed Eagle Haliaeetus albicilla, Grey Heron Ardea cinerea, Great White Egret Egretta alba Cormorant Phalacrocorax carbo. The project was funded by the Regional Environmental Center.
Information on project results, article: Gergely, J. & Hulo, I. (2000): Damage assessment on bird fauna from cyanide pollution in Tisa (2000). Ciconia 9: 45-48.
White stork protection in the Carpathian Basin (1999-2000)
This was a joint project of Bird Study and Protection Society of Serbia, Milvus Group - a branch of the Romanian Ornitological Society (BirdLife Romania) and the Hungarian Society for Bird and Nature Protection (BirdLife Hungary). The most important segment of the project was the White Stork population census in the Pannonian Plain with the analysis of birth rate and nesting conditions, followed by education of public, using appropriate material for promotion, about the importance of White Stork conservation. This project was financed by the Regional Environmental Center.
Information on project results, in article: Gergely, J., Puzović, S., Rasajski, J., Balog, I., Lukač, Š., Žuljević, A., Tucakov, M., Matović, Č., Stojnić, N . & Kovačević, I. (2000): White Stork (Ciconia ciconia) in Vojvodina in year 2000 - population and distribution. Ciconia 9: 32-44.
Heron and cormorant colonies mapping in Serbia (1998)
During 1998, all known colonies of colonial herons, egrets and cormorans (total of 59) were registered. These colonies were the nesting sites for Cormorant Phalacrocorax carbo, Pygmy Cormorant Phalacrocorax pygmeus, Great White Egret Egretta alba, little egret Egretta garzetta, gray heron Ardea cinerea, Purple Heron Ardea purpurea, Squacco Heron Ardeola ralloides, Night Heron Nycticorax nycticorax, Spoonbill Platalea leucorodia and Glossy Ibis Plegadis falcinellus. Landowners were listed, number of pairs and breeding conditions for herons and cormorants was scanned. This action became the foundation for future regional and national research on individual species or these two groups of species in Serbia. Also, this action continued with exceptional field efforts of numerous ornithologists with regular listing of each newly found colonies (80 colonies currently listed in Serbia). The project was funded by the Regional Environmental Center.
Information on project results, in article: Puzović, S., Gergely, J. & Lukac, Š. (1999): Heron and cormorant colony in Serbia 1998 Ciconia 8: 11-114.
The Bird study and protection society of Serbia also participated in the following projects
- Monography “Birds in Europe - Their Conservation Status II” (2003), BirdLife International partnership project, coordinated by the League of ornithological action of Serbia.
- Monitoring of aquatic birds migration for avian influenza prevention (2005-2007), coordinated by the Scientific Veterinary Institute of Serbia, sponsored by the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Water Management.