We need to raise the funds to buy this land during December and January. Thank you so much!
The problems of our countryside are probably well known to most of us and can be observed at almost every turn. Insufficient water retention in the landscape, large, monotonous and lifeless fields, sprawling development, ever more traffic...places for healthy nature are becoming fewer and fewer.
Even more threats are being added that unfortunately directly affect CSO bird parks. The growing of fast-growing poplars and Christmas trees, the construction of solar power plants, the building of high-production ponds, or land speculation. There is increasing pressure for more land to expand the bird parks and we are in a race against time.
In bird parks, we not only buy up land, but also manage it in a sustainable way so that birds and other animals and plants can live there. So we mow and graze wet meadows, cut back woody debris and invasive plants, build pools and islands, and prepare and protect suitable nesting sites. But we are also building bird observatories and hides so that the birds can be observed safely and easily.
The entire network of bird parks is presented to you in this beautiful video (recommended to watch with sound):
WE ARE CURRENTLY WORKING ON EXPANDING THE FOLLOWING BIRD SANCTUARIES - WILL YOU JOIN US?
THE NEW BIRD PARK ZBUDOVSKÁ BLATA NEAR ČESKÉ BUDĚJOVICE
We have just bought 11 ha of land for the fifth CSO bird park in South Bohemia. This is the legendary ornithological site Zbudovská blata. These 11 hectares of land will be the building block for a new bird paradise. Part of it is beautiful wet meadows, part of it is wetland suitable for creating pools and part of it is arable land, which we plan to exchange for suitable land in the bird park's area of interest.
Here we plan to return water to the landscape by removing land reclamation and creating pools, and in time to introduce grazing and thus create conditions for the rarest species of waders - especially the Black-tailed Godwit and the Eurasian Curlew.
In this bird park we have newly pre-negotiated another 1.7 hectares of land. Part of it is located near the nature reserve Mokřiny u Vomáčků and is adjacent to the land we own. The other land that are for sale are towards Dívčice and are also adjacent to land we own. This purchase will increase the area we can manage for the benefit of the birds.
BIRD PARK OF KOSTELISKA NEAR DUBŇANY
The extensive wetland locality of Kosteliska is situated in the Hodonín region in the floodplain of the Kyjovka River in the immediate vicinity of the ornithologically attractive Mutěnice Ponds. The lands here are owned by the CSO together with its South Moravian branch and we have other lands in the management of the town of Dubňany and the Biological Centre of the CAS. We are negotiating about other land. Right now we have a chance to buy 0.87 ha of important land - wetlands near the Ptačí pole, valuable dry sandy soils and land in the stream floodplain.
The meadows are maintained by mowing, sheep and goats graze here. In March 2022, thanks to amazing donor support, we acquired four Hungarian steppe cattle cows to help with invasive plant removal. That same year, our herd grew by 2 young additions. Kosteliska are already home to Common Redshank, the Little Bittern, the Eurasien Bittern, the Black-winged Stilt, the Pied Avoced, the Spoted Crake and the Northern Shoveler. In addition, the grazing of Hungarian cattle has also attracted Eurasian Hoopoes. In 2022, the Short-toed Snake-Eagle became the park's sensation.
Many other species can be observed during the migration in Kosteliska, such as Ospray, White-fronted Goose, Northern Pintail or Eurasian Wigeon. 202 species of birds, 563 species of beetles (10 protected and 99 on the Red List) have been observed here.
In 2021, we partially saved a beautiful field spillway full of life with our buyouts. A pasture called Galilouka has been created, as well as new pools to serve both birds and amphibians.
We are also thinking of visitors - we have already built 2 observation posts, we have built trails, we are planning educational signs and resting places, we are organizing excursions not only for schools.
Right now we have the opportunity to buy another 0.4 hectares of land. This is a very unique biotope with specific plants and animals. The smaller piece of land we want to buy is located by the Šardický Brook.
The site is under the care of the South Moravian branch of the CSO in cooperation with the CSO office.
BIRD PARK JOSEFOVSKÉ MEADOWS NEAR JAROMĚŘ
The bird park, already well known to most bird lovers, is situated in the floodplain of the Metuje River. So far we have acquired almost 60 ha of meadows into private ownership, repaired the old irrigation system and flood the meadows twice a year. We have built many smaller pools and also two large pools - the Slavíkovský ptačník and the Centrální ptačník, which occupies an area of 4 ha. Wild horses and, since autumn 2020, prairie Aurochs have been helping us with management.
So far, we have recorded 195 bird species in the bird park, with 4 species of Crakes, Garganey Ducks, Common Cranes, Northern Lapwings, Common Snipes or Common Redshank attempting to nest. Every year we organise several public events and a number of school excursions.
In 2019, the bird park won the Sympathy Award in the nationally voted Adapterra Awards for the best climate change adaptation project.
Following the completion of the Centrální ptačník (pond), we are looking to expand the Slavíkovský ptačník (pond), we are also expanding the pastures especially in the eastern part of the park where we will be adding more horses. We want to create a habitat for the Common Redshank in particular.
We have built trails around the whole park and are negotiating permission for the construction of observation posts and the purchase of additional land.
After a long time we will manage to expand our oldest bird park by 1.1 hectares. Part of the land is the only place where you can get a "dry foot" to the land we own where the horses graze. Another portion of the land includes part of the historic irrigation system.
MNIŠSKÉ MEADOWS BIRD PARK NEAR ČESKÁ LÍPA
In the floodplain of the Ploučnice River we found a magical place for the creation of another CSO reserve. Waterlogged meadows dotted with remnants of the old riverbed. Already now the Garganey Duck, the Gadwall and Common Cranes nest here. Also Common Kingfisher, the Common Sand Piper, the Green Sandpiper, the Red Kite, the European Honey Buzzard and the Bluetroath bird can be spotted here. Altogether, 136 bird species have been recorded here. At theland owned by CSO, we created the first large 3000 m2 pool with gently sloping banks on the site of the original dead-end of the Ploučnice River in late 2021, which welcomed the first ever Northern Lapwings and Common Snipes in the spring. Every year we organize volunteer work and several events for the public.
Thanks to the massive support of donors, we have already bought 16 ha of land and we are negotiating for more land. This year we want to bring in 3-4 Exmoor horses to help with grazing the meadows around the pools. In the summer, thanks to donors, we bought another 5.3 hectares of land, which we have been seeking for a long time - and thanks to them we expanded the planned horse pasture by up to 2 hectares, and we will build more ponds there.
But that's not all. In this bird park we are currently very successful with land negotiations. We have the opportunity to buy another 3.5 hectares that are in the "heart" of the park. This land will connect the eastern part of the park with the western part. Part of the land is also located in the meanders of the Ploučnice River, where it is regularly flooded.
MALÁ LIPOVÁ NEAR PŘEROV
A small sandpit near Přerov is home to a colony of the European Bee-eater that need to renew their nesting wall from time to time. In the summer of 2021, approximately 600 pairs of Sand Martins joined the site as well. Last year, more than 20 pairs of nesting European Bee-eaters occupied the sandbar. Although it is a relatively small area surrounded by intensively farmed land, more than 60 species of birds have been observed here. Rare orchids such as the Military Orchid, the Yellow Bluestem grass, and the very rare sand spider were also found here.
The original owner, the town of Přerov, signed a purchase agreement for 1.68 ha of key land in early April 2021 for a total amount of CZK 130,000 and on 28 May 2021 the sandpit was attributed to the CSO! We are still negotiating the purchase of the remaining land from the private owners.
The CSO reservation here is very much aimed at the public. We want to build a bird observation area, photo shelter, rest area and educational signs. Eventually, there will be guided tours, but in a way that disturbs the Bee - eaters as little as possible.
The reserve is managed by the Moravian Ornithological Society - the Central Moravian branch of the CSO, in cooperation with the CSO office.
Also in this bird reservation, we are in the process of buying a small piece of land of 0.15 hectares, which is already among the land we own. This will help us with the consolidation of the whole area and especially with the increase of the nesting wall for wolves and waders.
THANK YOU FOR HELPING US CREATE NEW HOMES FOR BIRDS!