RARE BIRDS RETURNED TO HABITATS USING FUNDS COLLECTED FROM INFRINGERS

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2021 08 18

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This year, close to 200 thousand EUR. have already been allocated for conservation in nature protected areas. from the Environmental Support Program (ESP). The main revenue of this program consists of funds recovered for damage to the environment and nature, received from fines paid for environmental violations, etc.

This year, after the arrangement of the Great Islands of Lake Kretuonas in the Aukštaitija National Park - felled bushes, mowing of tall grassy vegetation, rare birds returned to this popular habitat and repopulated it in abundance. It is an important breeding ground for terns. Northern lapwings, Black-tailed godwit, ruffs and other rare birds also breed here.

In Dzūkija National Park, ESP funds are planned for the Skroblaus Upland, for the management of the ecosystems of the Čepkeliai State Nature Reserve, for the maintenance of natural habitats required for the conservation of the Black grouse population, etc. The Siberian wetland, which is rich in biodiversity, will be managed in the Žemaitija National Park. It will be preserved by the removal and removal of woody vegetation to the edges of the managed areas, mowing and removal of reeds and other herbaceous vegetation.

ESP funds are also available for many regional parks. For example, this year the administration of Dieveniškės Historical Regional Park supervised the Natura 2000 territories - the meadows of the Gauja River Valley and Jurgelioniai. The main threat to these meadows is the cessation of economic activity, because now they are not grazed or mowed much, so they are overgrown with inferior tall grasslands, shrubs and trees. In order to preserve biodiversity, it is necessary to cut and remove low-value shrubs, mow abandoned meadows.