With grant support from the Fund, this project worked to save the critically endangered Iberian lynx by enhancing its habitat and securing its food supply. Project staff worked with landowners to sign up habitat management agreements covering over 20,000ha and to ensure that these landowners would receive agri-environment support for these agreed areas. Care was taken to ensure connectivity between these areas, in south-eastern Portugal. Project staff also actively engaged land owners, managers, local communities and the general public in conservation issues surrounding the Iberian lynx and broader countryside through awareness and dissemination activities.
Wildlife in Eurasia has been affected greatly by humans with the majority of its large mammals hunted to extinction in most parts. The BBC Wildlife Fund has given grants to a few key species. See below for more details.
Saving the world's rarest cat
Let's Save Russia's Tigers and Leopards
Phoenix Fund is a grassroots NGO fighting to protect far eastern Russia's last big cats through anti-poaching efforts and a strong education programme. The project aims to further strengthen Amur tiger/ leopard habitat protection through anti-poaching efforts and environmental education, but also to bolster local capacity for fire-fighting, as incidents of non-natural fires are increasing and are a major threat to the habitat of Amur tigers and leopard.
Saving the Saker Falcon
The funding was awarded to the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds and Bulgarian Society for the Protection of Birds to help protect this rare bird of prey. These two societies have installed metal nests in electricity pylons and artificial nests in trees. Both nest types are located within suitable Saker falcon habitats. Natural nests are simultaneously assessed and have been reinforced or repaired where any weaknesses have been found to improve the bird’s breeding success. Working with the Bulgarian Ministry of Environment and Water, the Save the Saker Falcon project has worked to establish a protocol under which falcons can be DNA fingerprinted to enable birds traded illegally to be identified. The ultimate aim is for effective European Union protection to be established for all breeding sites of the Saker falcon in Bulgaria.
Locating the staging and wintering sites of the red-breasted goose
In 2009, the project obtained permission to catch and ring a number of red-breasted geese and attach satellite transmitters to them. The birds were then tracked as they moved along their migration routes, recording where they visit and for how long. The BBC Wildlife Fund helped to support a red-breasted goose field station at Durankulak, Bulgaria, the key known wintering site for the species. This provided accommodation for survey teams in a remote part of the country. It is used as a base to provide advice to farmers to help them manage their land sympathetically for red-breasted geese and to liaise with local stakeholders such as hunters. The field station also acts as a focal point for local education locally and tourists, to help promote the conservation of the Red-breasted goose.
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