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A TV premiere of the film „Birds Paradise Senné and Medzibodrozie“

23rd April 2011
On 23rd April was from 18:15 hours transmitted in national television STV 2 in whole Slovakia the premiere of the film „Birds Paradise Senné and Medzibodrozie“, prepared in frame of our LIFE project.













Bitterns and Ferruginous Duck

Senné SPA, Medzibodrozie SPA, March - April 2011
Both mentioned species from Annex of the Birds Directive (the Ferruginous Duck is also included in the list of globally threatened species in category Near threatened) belong to intensively observed species by members of the project team. The 2011 season appears to be promising from point of view of occurrence of both species in both SPAs. In Senné SPA we heared up to now 5-6 booting males of the Bittern and in Medzibodrozie SPA already about 25 booting males (in some disputable cases repeated controlls will be necessary to exclude surplus registrations of the same males by means of more accurate location of position of individual males). Occurrence of the Ferruginous Duck was proved in both SPAs: in Senné SPA we observed 10 specimens found in a co-ordinated count on 23. 3., 15 specimens were found on 23. 4. and 15-18 individuals on Ostrovik site near Senné on 23. 4. and in Medzibodrozie SPA we found occurrence of 1 and 2 birds respectively at 2 sites during April.

Arrivals of migrants

Senné SPA, Medzibodrozie SPA, March - April 2011
Members of the project team subsequently recorded arrivals of more and more migrating bird species of waterfowl returning to their breeding sites, including some migratory species from Annexes of the Birds Directive. First Spoonbills appeared in Senné SPA already on 16th March at Iňačovce fish-ponds, the highest observed number so far was 25 specimens on 18th April, but single individuals were observed on 22. 3. and 6. 4. respectively also in different sites in Medzibodrozie SPA, where also their feeding behaviour was observed. Spotted Crakes (Porzana porzana) appeared this year unusully early, the first individual was heard on the site Blatá at Iňačovce on 2nd April. First Bitterns were heard in Medzibodrozie SPA on 22nd March, in Senne SPA on 24th March. First observation of the Marsh Harrier in SPA Senne was found on 17. 3., the first Night Heron was seen on 24. 3., overflight of a large flock of Black-tailed Godwits (88 individuals) was seen at Blatná Polianka on 12. 4., first specimen of the Whiskered Tern (Chlidonias hybrida) was observed on fish-pond CH7 on 18th April 2011. Arrival of different species of passerines was very slow and due to colder weather was shifted in March and April, e. g. in both SPAs until end of April were located so far only the Sedge Warbler and the Common Reed-warbler (about from the half of April, but still they are present in quite low numbers), the first Great Reed-warbler was heard on the fish-ponds only on 28. 4. and from Locustella warblers were heard so far only Savi`s Warblers (Locustella luscinioides) and the first Grasshopper warbler (Locustella neavia) arrived to Senné SPA on 18th April. We suppose, that rise of temperature in next few weeks will stimulate arrivals of the rest of migrants.

Spring welcoming of the Cranes in Iňačovce

Iňačovce, 2nd April 2011
A further year of a public event called Spring welcoming of the Cranes at Iňačovce in Senné SPA was realised on 2nd April 2011 with participation of people 43 – the event is already becoming a tradition. Most of participants came from Michalovce and surroundings, some of them also from towns Košice, Poprad, Prešov and Humenné, who came to see the Cranes quite a long way. And, finally, came also the Cranes. First they do not wanted to show up, but finally, just before dusk flown to the roost in several flocks up to 2000 Cranes. Besides of the Cranes could the participants see also other bird speciei: Mute Swans, Great Cormorants, Grey Herons, Black-headed Gulls, Pochards, or thousands of Starlings, flying to roost to the National Nature Reserve Senné. The event provided a chance for informal talks among professional conservationists and nature-lovers, birdwatchers and it was followed by high intrest of the media – both regional TV (see: http://www.respublica.sk/?id=2 ) and national TV (see: http://video.markiza.sk/archiv-tv-markiza/televizne-noviny/60713 ).

Early spring in Senné SPA

Senné SPA, March – April 2011
End of winter and early spring season in Senné SPA was followed by spectacular migration of waterfowl, of which the geese and Cranes were the moast numerous. In April migration of ducks prevailed, which in quantity could not compete with numbers of migration geese and Cranes, but their species diversity was high. For illustration of the migration we mention some numbers and some concrete observations. Migration of geese, especially of Bean Geese and White-fronted Geese was very visible already in beginning of March, when on 8. 3. at a single fish-pond a flock of 1200 geese was observed, 60% of which were Bean Geese and 40% were White-fronted, the rest – about 20 Grey-lag Geese could belong al.ready to local population. Migration of geese continued during whole March, its intensity was dependent on weather conditions. The migration
was the most intensive on warmer, sunny days, as e. g. 24. 3., when during the whole day we observed over the fishponds migration of numerous flocks of Bean Geese, White-fronted Geese flying in northern direction. Daily maximum of White-fronted Geese was 650 specimens, of Bean Geese was 424 specimens and apart of that further approximately 1000 geese passed through, belonging to one of the two species, but not determinated in detail. The geese migrated in typical wedge-shaped flocks, which numbered 15-180 specimens, sometimes individual flocks moved almost continually: while one flock was still seen on the North in direction to Vihorlat mountains, the other already appeared over southern part of the fish-ponds, or over nearby meadows.
Also spring migration of the Cranes was this year very strong and its timing was tied to end of March and beginning of April. During a co-ordinated bird count in Senné SPA we found on 24th March a pass of over 2000 Cranes, but during co-ordinated census on 18th April migrated already much lower nomber, only 51 specimens. Also in year 2011 were created in and around the SPA several roosts of Cranes, with hundreds of birds, where each evening concentrated Cranes from large areas of East-Slovakian Lowlands to roost, with highest estimates up to 2000 specimens.
Migration of ducks was characterised by high species richness: e. g. during bird count on 24. 3. we found in total 8 duck species, with the most numerous the Pochard (about 300) and the Wigeon (near to 200) specimens. A similar picture was experienced by the project team members during another bird count on 18th April: 13 species of ducks, including Pintails (Anas acuta), Wigeons (Anas penelope), Shovelers (Anas clypeata), Goldeneyes (Bucephala clangula) and Smews (Mergus albellus), even rare species for our region as 2 specimens of the Red-crested Pochard (Netta rufina), 2 Common Shelducks (Tadorna tadorna), 1 Egyptian Goose (Alopochen aegyptiaca) and on 21. 4. was observed 1 specimen of the Black Scoter (Melanitta nigra) and 1 Greater Scaup (Aythya marila). An outstanding migration occurrence was found on 18th April: 2 specimens of the Horned Grebe (Podiceps auritus) in breeding plumage.

Press conference in Ministry of Environment devoted to World Day of Wetlands, connected with the presentation of the project „Conservation of SPA Senné and SPA Medzibodrozie“

Bratislava, 1st February 2011
The press conference was held at the Ministry of Environment on 1st February. The aim was the World Day of Wetlands and the 40th anniversary of designation of the Ramsar Convention, but besides that also our LIFE project „Conservation of SPA Senné and SPA Medzibodrozie“ has been presented, together with the first official public presentation of the film prepared in frame of our project. Guests of the press-conference were József Nagy, Minister of the Environment, Ján Kadlečík, Rastislav Rybanič, director of nature-ptotection section of Ministry of Environment, Ján Kadlečík, head of department of international conventions from the State Nature Conservancy, manager of the project Miroslav Demko from the Slovak Ornithological Society/BirdLife Slovakia and mayors of villages Iňačovce and Senné Gabriel Ivanko and Peter Saboslai.
The minister József Nagy mentioned the value of protection of wetlands in effort of biodiversity conservation, Ján Kadlečík pointed on global value of the Ramsar Convention for protection of wetlands, Rastislav Rybanič emphasized the role of EU co-funded projects in nature conservation in Slovakia and the project itself was briefly charactrised by Miroslav Demko. Gabriel Ivanko emphasized value of the project for local communities.

Monitoring of birds in winter season

Medzibodrozie SPA, Senné SPA, Michalovce district, January 2011
Winter season is a unique opportunity for verifying of some observations from the lest breeding season. Because during breading season we avoid disturbing activities (including direct visits) in breeding colonies of heron-like birds and these birds are inconspicuous during breeding season, we checked over some of their breeding sites in winter. So we could proove this way one breeding site near Beša village, where at least 70 pairs of different heron-like birds has bred during the last year. Acording to construction of nests, kind and thickness of breeding material we could identify about 40 nests of bigger herons (Grey Herons and White Egrets), 15 nests of smaller herons (probably Little Egrets), 5 nests of Purple Herons and further 10 nests, we were no table to identify in details.
At another site in Medzibodrozie SPA we checked a new, large breeding site of Night Herons with more than 860 nests. These information we can use in planning of the protection of these breeding sites.
On the other hand, in a traditional breeding site in NNR Senné we found only 17 nests of the Great Cormorant, but no nests of heron-like birds. These birds (Night Herons and Little Egrets) were breeding mainly in the fishponds in buffer-zone of the NNR, or at another breeding sites. Members of the project team took part also in a Europe-wide winter count of waterfowl, which is realised in half of January. Its goal is to estimate numbers of wintering waterfowl and to identify parts of rivers the most important for wintering birds. The most numerous species at Zemplínska Šírava water-reservoir near Michalovce and at Laborec river south of the town was the Mallard with about 1500 specimens, from interesting wintering species we can mention the Mute Swan, the Goldeneye, the Smew and the Common Merganser wintering here in smaller flocks, 25 Common Mergansers were found in January at Senné SPA.

Construction of the 3rd observation tower at Senné SPA

Blatná Polianka, December 2010
The 3rd wooden observation tower in Senné SPA has been built during December 2010 close to Blatná Polianka village, to the East from fishpond CH4 and from the NRR Senné. This tower was built in very difficult terrain and in difficult weather conditions.












Monitoring of birds

Senné SPA, September – December 2010
Continual monitoring of waterfowl brought its results, as well as some interesting findings. Apart from already mentioned occurrence of the Red-breasted Goose we mention also some other noteworthy observations, as a December occurrence of the Northern Shoveler (Anas clypeata) and the Northern Pintail (Anas acuta), quite unusual for Slovakia, found on 13. 12. 2010 at canal Čierna voda in vicinity of the NNR Senné. Northern guests has been represented among waterwofl also by 4 specimens of the Smew (Mergus albellus), a small diving duck from the North of Europe. A large, wintering flock of approx. 2000 geese has been observed on 16th December close to Iňačovce. The flock consisted of White-fronted Geese, with some Bean Geese mixed in. The geese stayed in the Area for several weeks, until they left in 2nd half of December, probably due to higher snow cover, probably to neighbouring parts of Northern Hungary.

Restoration and management activities in Senné SPA

Iňačovce, wetland at Blatá, October 2010
In frame of activities of the LIFE project focused on restoration of destroyed and degraded wetlands and wet meadows the project team has dealt on autumn 2010 with water loss from a wetland at the site Blatá close to Iňačovce village. Water escaped from the wetland in higher water-levels over the country road, which has been damaged a little by higher water levels at this place. In co-operation with Iňačovce village and with local farmers the problem has been solved in first week of October by repair of a plugged pipe below the country road. An old plugged pipe had been replaced by a new outlet for water, which has been placed a few decimeters higher, as the old one. This simple solution helped to increase weter levels in wetlands at the meadow and on the other hand it also solved a problem of the country road damaged by water. A country road has been grossed up to required height, thus the problem was solved and caring capacity of this wetland to retain water has been improved, what should positively effect also biodiversity of that wetland.


Finalising of construction of two sluices in Senné SPA at Iňačovce and at Senné

Senné SPA, September - October 2010
One of key activities of the project, building of two sluices aimed to improve water-regime at wet meadows and neighbouring wetlands in Senné SPA has been finalised in Autumn 2010. Last construction activities on the sluice at Iňačovce were delivery and placement of the metallic stop-log, which has been done by contractor and supplier of the building in October. Right-hand side dike of canal K23, on which the sluice has been built, was stabilised by ca. 240 m3 of clay, which has been put up to it between 20th August and 2nd September 2010. A goal of this adjustment of the dike was improvement of required effect of the sluice, to achieve optimal height of water-level in wetlands below the sluice, at the Blatá meadow. The second sluice at Senné has been built on the canal O2 during September and October 2010. Delivery of both sluices by the building company to surrenderee of the sluices, SNC took place on 11th November 2010.
Sluice in Iňačovciach Sluice in Senné

Building of the 2nd birdwatching tower in SPA Senne

Senné, August – October 2010
The second observation tower for birdwatching and tourism purposes has been built in SPA Senne at site Ostrovik North from Senné village. Building of the observation tower has started at 17th August 2010 and it has been finished on 3rd October 2010. Such unique bird species has been observed nearby, as e. g. the Red-breasted Goose (Branta ruficollis) on 29.10. 2010, an elegant breeder of the arctic tundra. This threatened goose species occurs in our country only seldomly, because Slovakia lays outside of main migration routes of this breeder from North Siberia, wintering mostly in the cost of the Black Sea. One specimen of this goose has been observed in a migrating flock of White-fronted Geese and Bean Geese on the fishpond CH9.


Monitoring of birds

Senné SPA, Medzibodrozie SPA, august 2010
Members of the project team gained some outstanding observations also in August 2010. In Senné SPA a flock of 14 Pygmy Cormorants has been observed, young Ferruginous Ducks has been observed, a female of the Red-crested Pochard has been observed, a specimen of the Caspian Tern has been seen on passage and a hunting Short-toed Eagle has been repetedly seen over the meadows. In Medzibodrozie SPA a female of the Teal has been photographed with its 5 ducklings, at the same marsh, where these birds has been seen during July.





Observation tower at NNR Senné

Senné SPA, august 2010
Construction of the tower has been done in first two weeks of august and on the 16th it has been finalised by lifting of the roof by means of a crane.












The sluice at Iňačovce

Senné SPA, August 2010
Building of the sluice at Iňačovce has been finalised in beginning of August. The last task will be fixing of metal parts of the sluice and this is planned for the end of the month. Also the dyke of the channel is needed to be fixed, these works will be done during next days.





Volunteer workcamp at Senne

Senné, 18.-31st July 2010
On 18. – 31.st July 2010 the sixth international camp of volunteer work took place in Senne village. Goal of the camp was protection of the nature, practical solving of environmental problems and and it was also a way, how to get familiar with this unique site. Besides Slovak participants volunteers from Ukraine, Poland, the Czech Republic, Serbia and 4 participants from Spain took part. Their work contributed to clean up the dike of Ostrovik meadow, which needed a re-construction and it goes on in these days. They helped also in cleaning of a plot for the future eco-farm, which has been polluted by communal waste. Besides the Slovak the most important language in „Avescentrum“, where the volunteers has been accommodated for these two weeks, was the English.

The sluice at Iňačovce

Senné SPA, July 2010
As floods has subsided and access has been allowed, building of the sluices started to be actual. We started with the sluice at chanel No. K23 nearby village Iňačovce. After inspection of the building site with a representative of the building company and designer an exact position of the building has been agreed at the rented building plot and technical matters has been discussed. The Works started on first week of July. Sediments were removed, back filling has been done in order to drain the building plot. Water-side of the channel is already lined, fitting is ready and shuttering is prepared. During next days the concreting works will start.

Observation tower at NNR Senné

SPA Senné, July 2010
Construction works on building of the observation tower at NNR Senné started on beginning of July. A basis for placement of the tower has been done from concrete. When it get dry, it will be tamped and a wooden construction will be built on it.

Visiting tourists from Japan

SPA Senné, 15th July 2010
On 15th July an unusual visit took place at our educational trail. A small group of visitors from Japan and Romania stopped at our nature-trail, as they crossed Europe from Romania towards the northern polar circle. They visited the educational trail „Through the Birds Paradise“for 2 hours, guided by one of project team members. They were impressed by observation of a rare Ferruginous Duck, or Purple Heron, also by unusual occurrence of a Black Woodpecker in this strange environment for such a typical forest-dweller.


New results in monitoring of birds

SPA Senné, SPA Medzibodrozie, July 2010
A female of the Teal (Anas crecca) with its 4 ducklings has been observed on beginning of July (9. 7.) at a marsh near Čičarovce village in Medzibodrozie SPA. A territorial occurrence of the Scops Owl has been proved in Senné SPA (8., 13. and 15.7.) and a breeding of a pair of this owl is supposed (for the first time in this SPA) in a hollow willow tree.

Inaccessible educational trail, flooded Beša polder

Senne, Besa, 7th June 2010
Extreme floods hit many regions of Slovakia and haven’t missed our project sites too. There were some places of whole month lasting rain with only short brakes. Many hydro-meteorological stations and rivers reached historical records. The result is inaccessible Educational trail “Bird paradise” between Senne and Inacovce villages. Several sections are flooded by water from Cierna voda river and melioration channels. We will inform about the change in accessibility of the trail. The Besa polder was opened and filled with water from Laborec River again from Saturday till Sunday (5. – 6. Juni 2010). The reason was critical situation on Latorica and Bodrog rivers. The Besa polder covers approximately one half of the SPA Medzibodrozie project site and is filled on 66 %. It means according to Slovak Water Management company (SVP,s.p.) 36 mil m3 of water. Some of the project activities (building of water gates, creating of new habitats) are endangered due to this situation. The actions have to be done till the end of the project in November 2010.

Remarkable occurrences

Michalovce, 4. 6. 2010
During May 2010 has been observed by the project team also occurrence of a few extraordinary bird species. On 27th May were observed 2 specimens of the Common Shelduck (Tadorna tadorna). The birds flew over Ostrovik and later they has been observed over fishpond CH9. At the same day two specimens of the Pygmy Cormorant (Phalacrocorax pygmaeus) has been seen in NNR Senné. On 28th May 2 specimens of the Egyptian Goose (Alopochen aegyptiaca) has been observed at Milhostov (Trebišov district) at a large pond originated after the floods about 30 km west from the project area. This species forms in some European cuntries also wild/feral populations and thus occurrence of this African species in central Europe can be interconnected with feral populations in Western Europe, because natural breeding range of this species does not include Europe. In partially flooded polder of Beša has been on 29th May observed a specimen of the Red-necked Grebe (Podiceps grisegena). That species of grebe in normal circumstances lacks suitable habitats in this area and thus that occurrence is possible to interconnect with a special situation after filling of the polder with water.
Member of the project team P. Chrašč has observed a remarkably rare bird species on 11th May at Čičarovce, where he had seen and photographed a specimen of the Ortolan Bunting (Emberiza hortulana). The first ever known record of the Eropean Scops Owl (Otus scops) from Senne SPA received a member of the project – team on 25th May at meadows close to Blatná Polianka village, where he noticed calls of two males. The third Scops Owl called also at Blatná Polianka, but outside from the SPA, on 21th May.



Influence of floods on birds

Senianske rybníky SPA, May 2010
In half of May and at the end of the month the country experienced two massive waves of high rainfall. These did not save both project areas of SPA Senianske rybníky and SPA Medzibodrozie. Meadows in western part of SPA Senne has been well flooded, as well as in consequence of applied technical measures – closed water gates at Ostrovik, small sluce at Blata and restoration of a wetland at Blatá meadow, but also in a consequence of high rainfall. This condition favoured especially some bird species from family Rallidae. During a nocturnal survey at meadows of Senne SPA on 4th May in total 16 Corncrakes has been heard and the same number was detected at the repeated survey on 21. May, what points out that these birds are highly territorial. At the same survey on 21. May in western part of the SPA 29 calling males of the Spotted Crake (Porzana porzana) has been heard and in eastern part of the SPA has been calling 1 specimen. These numbers are the highest during lasting of the LIFE project, but it seems, that so high numbers of these species has been at the site for the last time in the 1970-ies years. From well flooded wetlands of the Ostrovik meadow even a specimen of a Great Bittern (Botaurus stellaris) has been heard on 27. 5., together with 2 Little Bitterns (Ixobrychus minutus) and 3 Little Crakes (Porzana parva). On the other hand, some species did not favour too much rainfall. For example three from five species of songbirds tied on wet meadows (Acrocephalus schoenobaenus, Motacilla flava, Saxicola rubetra) were represented in numbers by 40-90% lower, as in previous year 2009 and these data were obtained by a comparable method. We assume, that these species started to breed at meadows in beginning of May and due to high rainfall some percentage of the pairs has bread unsuccessfully and they were forced to move to drier locations.

Medzibodrožie SPA, May 2010
In consequence of serious threat of floods threatening human settlements in May 2010, which originated from all large rivers of Zemplín region (Larorica, Uh and Laborec and Ondava rivers) has been in half of May partially flooded the dry polder Beša. This case influenced also our plans to build the sluices and this plan has to be shifted to later period, when high waters will subside. Also breeding of birds could suffer, probably a number of nests could be damaged by high water and also monitoring of birds we had to abrupt temporarily with a statement, that the area is flooded, excess is denied and monitoring is possible only from external dykes and results are thus incomplete. It is interesting, that 1 male of the Bittern called on 3. 6. even from the half-flooded polder of Beša. Meadows around Čičarovce, unlike the polder of Beša, favoured from the high rainfall. We found here at the end of May 2 calling Bitterns, 13 Corncrakes, 1-2 Spotted Crakes, 1 Little Crake, several males of the Grasshopper Wabler (Locustella naevia), a supposed breeding of 1 pair of the Redshank (Tringa totanus). Very interesting is occurrence of 1 pair and later only 1 male of the Ferruginous Duck, 1 male and later only male of the Teal (Anas crecca) and several pairs and later only males of the Garganey (Anas querquedula). All these data can suggest possible breeding of these rare ducks.

Spring migration at SPA Senné

SPA Senianske fishponds, March - May 2010
In the period of Spring migration, culminating in March has been observed by members of the project team thousands of geese, with prevalence of White-fronted goose. Largest individual flocks reached 1500 individuals. The flocks were seen in the SPA, also in surrounding open landscape and subsequently turned to the North and left. In last decae of March a massive migration of gulls has been observed, mostly of Black-headed Gulls, reaching 4000 birds seen daily, distributed except of the SPA at surrounding fields, followed by hundreds of Common Gulls. Occurrence of Cranes culminated in 2nd half of March and in first days of April and reached 3000 - 3500 specimens, concentrating at their traditional roosting sites in northern part of the SPA. The Cranes were flying to their roosts from large areas. Numerous species of ducks – as many as 10 species has been again observed. The most numerous were Mallards, Wigeons (330 specimens at bird count held on 18.3.), in tens and hundreds were migrationg Teals, Pochards, an interesting observation was an occurrence of 9 Velvet Scoters (Melanitta fusca) on 16. April at fishpond CH8. We were pleased by the Ferruginous Ducks, because their numbers are in last few years slowly increasing. They has been observed in differnt parts of te SPA, at Ostrovík meadow (the highest number was 13 on 5th April), in the NNR (highest number was 5 specimens on 18.3.), at the fishponds (e.g. 12 specimens on 27. March at fishpond CH12).

Suitable water conditions for birds at Ostrovik, Blatá and other meadows in the SPA

SPA Senianske fishponds, April 2010
It came to light, that high precipitation during end of Winter and early Spring made suitable water – regime at wet (partially flooded) meadows and wetlands, especially at meadows Ostrovik, Blatá, and in southern direction from Senné. At Ostrovik meadow this condition is supported by technical equipment helping us to retain water on the meadow and at Blatá are visible restoretion measures done during last Autumn – when one of the wetlands was deepened and its sediments had been removed. Besides above mentioned flocks of ducks – Teals, Garganeys, Shovelers appeared here migrating flocks of Ruff, Snipes started to display (at least 6 displaying individuals in the SPA) and during last night transect on 3rd May on wet meadows at northern, SW and SE part of the SPA 15 Corncrakes and 8 Spotted Crakes has been found. These numbers are the highest located in last few years.
Waders
An occurrence of the Redshank and Black-tailed Godwit has been found at Ostrovik meadow, the latter has been observed also at drained fishpond CH12 in the end of April. A tone of the extracting fish-ponds at northern part of the fishpond system 2 Avocets has been observed. Generally speaking, migration of waders is not as much striking as it was last year, e. g. flocks of Ruff did not exceed 100 birds so far. But a flock of Golden Plovers pleased us, in numbers 50-100 specimens, observed from 28.3. till 10.4. at a small pond at a field close to Iňačovce ogether with Lapwings. Breeding behaviour of Lapwings is very spectacular at several sites of the SPA.
Herons, storks and spoonbills
Wet meadows are often visited by smaller-larger groups of heron-like birds looking for food, especially Great White Egrets and Lesser Egrets, less often Purple Herons (these are seen in the NNR) and Grey Herons, sometimes followed by Black Stoks and White Storks and at sites filled by shallow water good for wading are seen also Spoonbills at the meadows.

Start of the breeding season

SPA Senianske fishponds, April 2010
Several pairs of Marsh Harriers has been observed displaying in the air over Typha grows at the fishponds, in the NNR and also over some wet meadows (Blatá) and i the end of April Spoonbills were observed building their nests in their breeing colony in Typha grow at fishpond CH6, togehter with Grey Herons. Also in the National Nature Reserve Senné has been observed by project team members Great White Egrets, Purple Herons and Grey Herons bringing nest – material into Typha grows. Also in year 2010 a pair of White-tailed Eagles has started breeding in the SPA, on 26th April it has been observed feeding its nestlings. From song-birds started to breed also Penduline Tits – at the dike of the Čierna voda rivulet between Senné and Iňačovce we have found 3 almost finished nests.

Monitoring of birds in Medzibodrozie SPA

Besa, Cicarovce, April 2010
Members of the project team make regular monitoring of birds also in project area in Medzibodrozie SPA in polder Beša and adjacent area at Čičarovce. In April has been observed one pair of the Ferruginous Duck at one of wetlands at Čičarovce. Directly in the project area has been heard so far 1 booting male of the Bittern and further 4 males were located close behind border of the area, at adjacent wetlands. Black Storks, Black Kites, Marsh Harriers, Garganeys, Mallards, Coots, Little Grebes, Water rails and Spotted Crakes appeared at their nest sites. White-tailed Eagles and Lesse-spotted Eagles has been observed in the area looking for food. In the third decade of April a strong migration of Pied Flycatchers has been observed.

Biodiversity in Senne SPA

SPA Senianske fishponds, April 2010
Aspect of the Spring appeared in kingdom of plants – at Ostrovik and Šianec meadows went Summer snowflakes (Leucojum aestivum) into flower, in beginning of April the Checkered Daffodil (Fritillaria meleagris) was flowering at Šianec meadow. Concert of frogs is heard mainly in the night – of Green Toads, Europen Green frogs, Common and Green Toads from pools, wetlands and wet meadows. The most numerous from mammals at the meadows are roe deer.

Public actions

Inacovce, 10. April 2010
To meet the Spring arrival of the Cranes came on 10th April 15 participants from surroundings of Michalovce and from Košice. Besides observation of about 100 Cranes (occurrence of the Cranes alredy started to decline in that period) also Golden Plovers, Spoonbills, Marsh Harriers, Hen Harriers, Bean Geese, Teals, Wigeons, Shovelers, Garganeys, Ferruginous Ducks, displaying Snipes had been observed, together with the first Lesser Egret.





Guided services

SPA Senianske fishponds, April 2010
Public excursions lead by a guide from the project team had been done at the nature trail „Through the Bird´s paradise“ in the following terms: on 19. 4. for a tourist group from Košice at the track Senné – Ostrovik – dike of the Čierna voda - NNR Senné – the well at Iňačovce –– Iňačovce held for 22 tourists, on 28.4. for 42 pupils of the basic schol on Hrnčiarska str. from Humenné and on 30.4. for 40 pupils from basic schol in Šarišské Michaľany at the track Senné – Ostrovik – dyke of Čierna voda – Iňačovce. Unsuitable weather followed the group of tourists from Košice. Even if they already changed once timing of their excursion because of rainy weather, they could not avoid rain even second times, but these brave tourists and nature-lovers could not be put out of humor by a small rain. Students from Humenné liked the most observation of rare bird species, as e.g. the Pochard, the Spoonbill and the Ferruginous Duck, or observation of 4 different species of gulls, or spotting of the Night Heron, or the Great Cormorant. Pupils from Šarišské Michaľany enjoyed the most an almost finished nest of the Penduline Tit, colourful and tame Yellow Wagtails, an elegant Black-tailed Godwit and Ruff. Visit of the „Bird´s paradise“ full of life was for the students, as well as for tourists a great deal of adventure and most of aprticipants visited the area for the first time in their lives, or some of eldery participants returned here after many years and they all are sorry only because of the condition, that this site is so far and so unacessible for them and that they could not visit it yet more often. We hope, that they will come back here regularly in the future and that the attractive nature – trail will interest and inspire more and more visitors.

Northern birds of prey are wintering in SPA Senianske fishponds and SPA Medzibodrozie

SPA Senianske fishponds, SPA Medzibodrozie, 5. February 2010
Higher numbers of the northern bird guests have been observed in both project areas in the last periods. They can find enough prey, especially on the extensively managed meadows and pastures. Common are Hen Harriers (Circus cyaneus) and Rough-legged Buzzard (Buteo lagopus) that spend only part of migration and wintering periond in Slovakia. Their numbers culminated in the middle of December, but tenths were to see till the end of January. We suppose that thay will move futher south for available prey (mostly little rodents) after intensive snow-fall in the begining of February. Some of our breeding species are wintering here, too (e.g. Common Buzzards, Kestrels and White-tailed Eagles (Haliaeetus albicilla). Very interesting was observation of a specimen of the Ural Owl (Strix uralensis), typical forest species, close to Inacovce in agrarian landscape. The protection of agricultural land is therefore important not only for ours breeding species, but for wintering species and other organisms too. Significant instrument for biodiversity protection in agrarian land are agro-environmental schemes within Rural Development Programme 2007-2013. Local farmers participate in the schemes too.

Winter water bird census

SPA Senianske fishponds, SPA Medzibodrozie, 19. January 2010
The international water bird census in the middle of January is aimed at counting of birds in all important waters and rivers. The project team members took part too. Following localities were counted in the Vychodoslovenska lowland: NNR Senne-fishpond, parts of Ondava, Latorica, Laborec and Bodrog rivers. The most common bird was the Mallard and about 4000 geese (mostly White-fronted Geese (Anser albirons) were observed. From less numerous, uncommon species we mention the following: Goosander, Smew, Whooper Swan (Cygnus cygnus), Black-throated Diver (Gavia arctica), Black-necked Grebe (Podiceps nigricollis) or a flock of Cranes (Grus grus). Cold weather in last days leads to continuous ice-cover of all water flows and other water surfaces, that is why there were high concentrations of birds in Zemplinska sirava. Sporadic wintering of the Bittern (Botaurus stellaris) and a Water Rail has been registered in SPA Medzibodrozie. The occurrence of the Fish Otter (Lutra lutra) was confirmed, what supports the urgency of the protection of this area.

Water regime restoration in SPA Senianske rybniky

Michalovce, January 2010
All the necessary officialdoms for the implementation of the key project activity (water regime restoration) were finished in January 2010 after much peripetia. For the building of two water gates was necessary to find and rent a suitable land parcels, provide building permissions, choose the supplier and sign the contract for work. The weather is frosty now and the construction company must wait on better atmospheric conditions.


Avescentrum – eco-educational centre of Bird paradise

Senne, 28. November 2009
Avescentrum, the eco-educational centre of Bird paradise was officially opened on Saturday 28. November 2009 in the Senne village. It is assigned primarily to pupils of grammar schools but also to birdwatchers or interested people from public. The Avescentrum entrance was symbolically opened by Mrs. Laura Dittel, director of Carpathian Foundation, by wetland water door sprinkling. Almost 30 people attended the ceremony despite of chilly weather. Volunteers from Slovak Ornithological Society/BirdLife Slovakia have reconstructed three rooms in old house in the country. The project was supported by Carpathian Foundation and Ekopolis Foundation. A place for visit of approximately 20 people was formed. Simple exposition about nature protection especially wetlands was installed, visitors can find much informations, many leaflets, brochures, books, watch documentary films or follow prepared presentations. Interesting leaflet about SPA Senianske rybniky and educational trail was prepared and printed. There are various nest boxes types and 3 informational boards in the garden. Perfect place for eco-educational activities and public relation activities was created, what can be very useful for many LIFE project activities too, and the Avescentrum is likely start point to educational trail.

Project „Protection of diversity of water birds and their habitats in Vychodoslovenska lowland“

Beša, 24. November 2009
The project, co financed by the mechanism of European Economic Area, Norwegian Financial Mechanism and national budget started in august 2009 and is coordinated by State Nature Conservancy. It is our partner project, which included primarily Life project activity: restoration of water regime in project area Medzibodrozie by building of 3 water gates close to Besa and Cicarovce villages. Other activities of this project are meadows and pastures restoration, improvement of touristic infrastructure (birdwatching towers, rest places, educational trail, information centre). This is again an example that Life project is like a snowball bundling up more projects and activities. The opening workshop of new project took place in Besa on 24. November 2009. 34 participants were informed about the objectives and current results of SENNERESTSK Life project.




Educational trail in Besa polder

Besa, 20. November 2009
Such an important project, as Life project “Protection of SPA Senne and Medzibodrozie certainly is, has big imports not only in the project activities themselves but mostly in added values bringing by project. Many of such added values are continual and the land of people living there in a good way. Such an example is the activation of local administration in Besa village, which in partnership with SOS/BirdLife Slovakia successfully implemented project of educational trail in Besa polder. Project was supported by Ekopolis foundation. The trail is situated in the Life project area; there are 4 informational boards installed so far and one shelter serving as a rest place. The opening ceremony with the participation of Life project team was held on 20. November 2009. The Besa village is already preparing next project to make the educational trail more attractive but on the other side to save and improve their cultural and natural heritage.

Restoration of wetlands in Blatá meadow, SPA Senianske fishponds

Inacovce, 8.October 2009
The Blatá locality is unique meadow with old meanders of Cierna Voda River with interesting and valuable landscape. It is located close to National nature reserve Senne-fishpond. They gave the name to surrounding villages like Blatne Remety or Blatna Polianka. I use to be managed in a traditional extensive way, what was good for many plant and animal species. The area is drained today with many drainage canals and meadows are in respectful succession. Therefore are some of the Life project activities focused on restoration and manage meadows and wetlands. Some parts of meadows are mowed in a later summer, when most of the birds have finished the breeding. The wetland restoration continued in October 2009 by the help of machinery. The stagnant biomass from the wetland bed was removed and wetlands deepened. It was done in a small scale and such activities will continue later to reach mosaic structure of restored habitats. A water gate will be built downstream to catch the water in the area and to increase the impact of restoration activities. All the activities leading to biodiversity protection in the Blata meadow are implemented with a support from local administration and farmers.

Special protection area Senianske fishponds is declared

Bratislava, 17. september 2009
The Ministry of Environment of Slovakia has finalized the regulation No. 436/2009 which declares the SPA Senianske fishponds with a big delay. The purpose of the SPA declaration is to ensure favourable bird habitats status of species of European importance and migratory species Black-tailed Godwit (Limosa limosa), Bittern (Botaurus stellaris), Night Heron (Nycticorax nycticorax), Common Redshank (Tringa totanus), Marsh Harrier (Circus aeruginosus), Spoonbill (Platalea leucorodia), Whiskered Tern (Chlidonias hybridus), Avocet (Recurvirostra avosetta), Great White Egret (Ardea alba), Little Egret (Egretta garzetta), Purple Heron (Ardea purpurea), and to ensure convenient conditions for their living and reproduction. The SPA is situated in the Michalovce district (cadastre of Hazin, Inacovce, Senne) and in the Sobrance district (cadastre of Blatna Polianka, Blatne Remety) and has the area of 2.668,47 ha. More information are in the regulation itself. Slovakia contributed to the forming of NATURA 2000 network and made another step to meet the obligations resulting from the EU membership. Link.

The breeding season in SPA Senianske fishponds

SPA Senianske rybniky, September 2009
The effect of the dam reparation in NNR Senne-fishpond was the ensuring of a breeding colony of herons. A mixed colony of Black-headed Gulls, Whiskered Terns (Chlidonias hybridus) and Black-necked Grebes (Podiceps nigricollis) has been established. The Purple Herons (Ardea purpurea), Bitterns (Botaurus stellaris), Little Crake (Porzana parva), Water Rails, Marsh Harriers (Circus aeruginosus), Red-necked Grebes (Podiceps grisegena), Bearded Tits and many other species occurred in the breeding season and probably nested here too. A pair of the Crane has bread successful in the north-western corner of NNR Senne-fishpond. 8-10 pairs of Lapwings has bread after one year absence in Ostrovik meadow, 2 pairs of the Red-necked Grebe (Podiceps grisegena) and we suppose breeding of 1 pair of the Spotted Crake (Porzana porzana). Four pairs of the Avocet (Recurvirostra avosetta) built their nests in new breeding habitats. Tenths of the Yellow Wagtail (Motacilla flava flava) and Sedge Warblers has bread in the meadows. The wetlands of Ostrovik meadow were one of few (maybe the only one) feeding habitats of the Spoonbill (Platalea leucorodia), breeding in the fishpond system. The breeding of a pair of the White-tailed Eagle (Haliaeetus albicilla) in the SPA was successful with 3 fledged young.

First successful breeding of the Crane in Slovakia

Michalovce, 14th September 2009
On 27th August 2009 three specimens of the Crane were observed by members of the project team P. Chrašč and J. Uhrín, during regular monitoring of the SPA Senné. Two adult Cranes with a well flying, first year young bird were seen at the meadow Ústie to the north of NNR Senne, at the same location, where they were observed for the first time on 4th June with a young fledgling, unable to fly. The three Cranes have flown to Southwest, in direction to a corn field. In days 18th-20th August the same three birds were observed also by ornithologists Kadava and Pavelka from the Chzech Republic. The first historical breeding record of the Crane in Slovakia was promoted also by a lecture at ornithological conference in „Apliovaná ornitológia 2009“ in Zvolen, on 11.9.2009.

First anniversary of the opening of the Nature trail „Through the Birds Paradise“

Iňačovce, 1st August 2009
On 1st August a small celebration took part at Iňačovce village, on behalf of the first anniversary of opening of the Nature trail called „Through the Birds Paradise“. It was opened by the mayor of Iňačovce, several guests from political and social life took part at the celebration. After initial performance group of traditional folk singers from Michalovce the visitors moved to the traditional well at Iňačovce, where 20 artists presented their paintings, as an output of the second year’s volume of the plain-air painting, which took here place from the last day. A refreshment was here also prepared and an information desk of the SOS/BirdLife Slovakia on SPA Senné.

International camp of volunteer work at SPA Senné fish-ponds

Senné, 26th July – 9th August 2009
The Slovak Ornithological Society/Birdlife Slovakia in co-operation with INEX Slovakia realised in days 26.7. – 9.8. an International camp of volunteer work in SPA Senné. Volunteers from several countries of the world took part (from South Korea, Spain, France, Italy, Belgium and Slovakia) carried out activities focused on improvement of conditions for rare waterfowl. Activities included mowing of meadows, removal of bushes and biomass, imrovement of infrastructure of the educational trail „Through the Birds Paradise“. Monitoring of bird populations, ringing of birds, recognition of the nature region of Eastern Slovakia.

Wetland management training

Zemplínska Šírava, 15. June 2009
Wetland management training for State Nature Conservancy employees, project stuff and some other interested organizations took place in hotel Life from 9. to 12. June 2009. Thirty nine people participated. The rich program started with introduction of our project and followed by lectures concerning national and international wetland protection, wetland management and restoration in various conditions, importance of environmental education and public awareness, habitat management for specific species etc. We prepared together 22 lectures and 3 excursions to project sites in SPA Senné and SPA Medzibodrožie. We could welcome many knowledgeable experts and also one foreign expert Mr. Ian Higginson from RSPB, England. Participants appreciated the training in a positive way and we hope it fulfilled the given goals.

First proved Crane breeding in Slovakia

NPR Senianske rybníky, 4. June 2009
The historic first Crane (Grus grus) breeding in Slovakia was proved by project ranger P. Chrašč during habitat monitoring in SPA Senné. He observed one young bird not able to fly with two adult birds feeding on the mowed meadow north from NPR Senianske rybníky. Cranes are typical for SPA Senné especially during migration, when thousands of birds fly through and they have a rest places here during spring migration. We just have suspected their breeding by now.



Ornithological camp in Medzibodrožie

Beša, 29.-31. May 2009
Nine ornithologists met during the weekend in ornithological camp in the Beša village. Our main goal was to study the bird assemblages of north-western part of project area close to Beša village, which was the less known area. We observed e.g. Crane, Great Bittern, Purple Herons, Marsh Harrier, Bee-eaters, Black Kite and Lesser Spotted Eagle. We have prepared an excursion in SPA Madzibodrožie for participants where we observed a colony of Grey Herons, Redshanks, Spotted Crake, Black Kite or Tawny Pipit, but we were not successful in searching the Roller. We would like to thank all the participants for help and Mr. Titka, the mayor of Beša who offered the accommodation.

Avocet breeding in Ostrovik meadow

Ostrovik meadow, 15. May 2009
Three new breeding and feeding habitats have been created during the winter 2008/2009 in Ostrovik meadow. First breeding season after the intervention were the banks and edges of new wetlands only mud without any vegetation. This was suitable for some wading bird species. Such interesting habitats have been utilized also by Avocets, which tried to nest in Ostrovik meadow for the first time ever. We observed up to 5 Avocets in Ostrovik already in april. We have found 2 nests in the beginning May 2009 and another two later. We have unfortunately found out in 10.5.2009, that all the nests have been destroyed probably by crows or gulls.

Preparing summer activities

Michalovce, April 2009

We organize ornithological camps in Senné during 15.-17. May and 12.-14. June 2009 focused on coordinated bird population monitoring of SPA Senné. We would like to invite all more or less experienced ornithologists and nature lovers. The international volunteer work camp is taking place this year in Senne village from 26. July to 9. August. The opening ceremony of Informational trail and environmental educational center in Senné is taking place in August 2009.  

Bird song course

Michalovce, 29. April 2009

The first bird song lesson for all interested took place today afternoon in the project office. We have learned to recognize 5 common songbirds living in towns and villages by singing. Eight interested persons came – students of elementary and high schools and adults. We prepared 2 more lessons with field practice.  

Bird population monitoring

SPA Senné – NNR Senianske rybníky, April 2009

We observed during firs spring days that reconstruction of the dam, inlet and outlet in NNR really helped to solve the shortness of water in NNR for few last years. The water level in NNR is now sufficient as well as the proportion of macrophytes seems to be optimal now. Little Egrets and Night Herons rebuilt their breeding colonies on islands and thanks to high water level new island in eastern part of reserve appeared where the White-tailed See Eagle breeds. It seems that optimal water regime in NNR caused moving of significant waterfowl part from productive fishponds to NNR Senianske rybníky.  

CHVÚ Senné – Ostrovik, April - May 2009

The results of bird monitoring show that water birds favour restored habitats more and more. The observations of hundreds of Ruffs, and tenths of Reed Sandpiper, or appearance of almost all central European duck species as well as breeding of 2 rare Red-necked Grebe pairs, up to 10 Lapwing pairs and some Little Grege pairs prove it. The most gratifying is breeding of 2 Avocet pairs, which are nowadays probably the only breeding Avocets in Slovakia. It is also the target species for SPA Senné with long term unfavorable abundance trend. We hope for better future of this beautiful bird species in Senné.  

4. April - Cranes welcoming

Michalovce, Iňačovce 4.4.2009

Celebration of the fascinating Crane's travelling was held at 4. april.









1. April - Bird's day in Michalovciach

Michalovce 1.4.2009

Information stand during Bird's day in Michalovciach at main square. We told with interested from wide public about project sites in Senne and Inacovce.  

Brochure about Senné a Medzibodrožie

Michalovce, Bratislava 16.3.2009

During March was published new brochure about Life Nature Project - Protection of SPA's Senne and Medzibodrozie. It's available at contact: Ján Gúgh, gugh@vtaky.sk  

Seminar for farmers

Michalovce, 4. March 2009

The Information seminar for farmers and land users from SPAs in Košice district including SPA Senné and SPA Medzibodrožie was organized by SOS/BirdLife Slovakia. Participants were informed about the value of SPA’s nature, and threatened bird species, about the Rural development programme, agro-environmental schemes and about possibilities to reach the national subventions for land users in SPAs and other Natura 2000 sites.  

Building permissions for birdwatching towers

Michalovce, Sobrance, 22. February 2009

We provided the valid building permissions for building of 3 birdwatching towers along the information trail in SPA Senné. The towers will be built close to Senné, Iňačovce and Blatná Polianka villages. They will serve to visitors and purpose is also to improve control of the sites and allow regulated access of public, as it was declared in our LIFE project.  

Exhibition about SPA Senne and Medzibodrozie

Bratislava 2.2.2009

Celebrating of International Wetlands day in Bratislava. Invitation to Ministry of Environment where is instaled exhibition about SPA Senne and Medzibodrozie. Exhibition will take till 19.2.2009.   

Feeding and breeding habitats restoration for birds in Ostrovik meadow

Senné, January 2009

Creation of new wetland for birds continued in winter 2008/2009 too. Three new feeding and breeding habitats for water fowl were created in the northern part of Ostrovik meadow. The Ostrovik meadow is characterized by wet meadows and complex of wetlands, which are residuals of periodical floods. New wetlands are deep up to 60 cm with shallows and islets. We hope it will increase attractiveness for target water bird species – mostly for ducks, waders and herons.   

Ground water monitoring

Michalovce, November 2008

Thirty ground water probes have been installed in October 2008 in key areas of project areas in SPA Senné and SPA Medzibodrožie. The members of project team monitor the ground water level and it’s swinging every other week. Such data are important for the habitat monitoring before and after realization of the most important project activities: building of sluices with the aim to keep the most of water in the area during breeding season. Such data about the ground water level and seasonal oscillations will be very useful for good timing of the revitalization activities and sluice manipulation. Thanks to such data we will be able to evaluate the efficiency of the revitalization activities.  

Project results presentation on BirdLife International World Conference

Buenos Aires, Bratislava 7.10.2008

The pre-results of our project were presented on BirdLife International World Conference in Buenos Aires (Argentina) last month. We shortly presented the results of land purchase and habitat management measures in Ostrovik meadow supported by Aage V. Jensen Charity Foundation too. The presentation has met with interest, as well as our promotion materials distributed during “market” of BirdLife International partner organizations.  

Ornithological conference

Zvolen, Slovakia 5.-6.9.2008
The jubilee 20. Volume of ornithological conference “Applied Ornithology” with international contribution took place in Zvolen. The report of J. Uhrín belonged to the basic presentations with nature protection topic. Already realized and also planned activities of our project were presented. Participants appreciated activities provided in both project sites (SPA Senné and SPA Medzibodrožie) and appealed to successful finish of the project for the benefit of birds and other parts of nature.    

 

Breeding season 2008

Michalovce, Slovakia 20.8.2008
Creation of new habitats and water gate manipulation have positive effect on water fowl. We registered during regular monitoring in Ostrovik meadow breeding of 4-6 Little Grebe pairs, minimum 10 Mallard and Coot pairs. First breeding of Red-necked Grebe was noticed in the locality. We suppose breeding of 3-5 Common Pochard pairs and 1-2 Gadwall and Garganey pairs. Some Ferruginous Duck were observed in breeding season in wetlands with deeper water. New feeding habitats were used by Redshanks, Black-tailed Godwits, Purple Herons, Grey Herons and very infrequent Soonbils. Two Corn Crakes called from the grassland parts of the Meadow. The critically endangered Saker Falcon hunted regularly. Thanks to nest guarding the first successful breeding of White-tailed Eagle was noticed in the opposite side of SPA.   



First information boards of bicycle trail

Nová tabuľa pri rezervácii

Iňačovce 2.8.2008
First 4 information boards on the bicycle trail are installed. It happened during opening ceremony of educational trail, which is also a part of planned bicycle trail around SPA Senné. The educational trail was built in the cooperation with Iňačovce village and local activists. Financial support came from Ekopolis foundation and other project partners too. More than 100 guests took part at the ceremony and they were also the first visitors of the trail. Very interesting was the contribution of artists and sculptors with their works.



International volunteer camp

Senné 31.7.2008
More than 10 volunteers from Czech republic, Hungary, France, Spain, Great Britain and South Korea participated in a camp organized by project partners and INEX organization. Participants helped with mowing, natural seeding removal, by information board installation, bicycle and educational trail building, which will be opened on the 2th August.



Biodiverzity

Medzibodrožie, Michalovce 15.6.2008. SPA Medzibodrožie and proposed SPA Senné are meaningful not only for birds, but are also important centers of high biodiversity. There occur also other rare vertebrates as Otter, Danube Crested Newt, Common Spadefoot. In the Ostrovik meadow was even the European Pond Turtle observed, which is in Slovakia very rare and the main occurrence area is in SPA Medzibodrožie. There are still relatively large areas of wetlands and meadows with rich plant communities in SPAs. That’s why more of the localities were declared as Sites of Community Importance (SCI), which form together with SPA the Natura 2000 network. Many of the meadows and pastures are nowadays abandoned and degraded. It is necessary to mow or graze regularly.



Bird migration

Michalovce 15.5.2008
We can already see the effect of management measures in Ostrovik meadows. Approximately 1000 of Cranes had a rest place here during the spring migration. It can remember only the oldest people from Senné village. Later continued the Coot and ducks migration. Marish places with shallow water were very attractive for Ruffs and other Waders: Lapwings, Sand Pipers and Godwits. Numerous flocks of Greylag Goose occur here during whole breeding season (breed mainly in National Nature Reserve “Senianske rybníky”) with still increasing amount.



Invitation on actions and camps in 2008

Michalovce 10.3.2008
We would like to invite all nature lovers to our actions in the area of SPA Senné:
“Crane greeting”: 2. April 2008,
Ornithological camps: 15.-16. March, 12.-13. April, 14.-15. June
Workshop for bird censuses participants: 10.-11. May
Bird’s identification training for beginners: 15.-22. May
For more information please do not hesitate to contact us.



New wetlands for birdlife

Senné 15.2.2008
We have built 2 new wetlands with 3 breeding islands in last months. They were built on purchased acres at Ostrovik meadow. Three shallow wetland were deepened for Waders. Total area of new habitats is 9400 m2.

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