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Project’s seminar in Birštonas

Lithuanian ornithological society in cooperation with the project partners State Enterprise Lithuanian Inland Waterways Authority, Nemuno Kilpos Regional Park Administration and JSC “EKO-STOMA” on July 30, 2019, in Birštonas organised a seminar “Conservation perspectives of Common and Little terns”.

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Project was presented during the monitoring visit

On 20-21 June 2019, the external monitoring team - Viktorija Maceikaitė and Rūta Kuriene met project staff – representatives of the Lithuanian ornithological society, Inland Waterways Authority and Administration of Nemunas Kilpos Regional Park.

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Destructive consequences of the drought

The long-lasting drought in Dzukija region has caused significant negative impact on the biodiversity. Due to the extremely low water of Nemunas river, the colony of the Black-headed gulls, Common and Little terns on islands near Lipliūnai faced destructive changes.

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Significant changes at Nemunas river islands near Lipliūnai

Lithuanian ornithological society has already implemented practical management works on Nemunas river islands near Lipliūnai. The ongoing project will ensure good habitats condition in a long-term perspective. It must be admitted, that already this year significant increase of population and birds’ composition was observed.

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Eurasian Oystercatchers breed in the middle course of Nemunas river

In our country Eurasian Oystercatchers are met more often in Nemunas delta and at the seacoast. However, this year a few pairs of Eurasian Oystercatchers were observed on the islands of the middle course of Nemunas river. One nest was found next to the warning sign, it seems that birds considered this place to be the safest for breeding.

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Islands of Nemunas river are full of life

The breeding period is coming to the end, however islands and shallows of Nemunas river still attract waterfowl. Numerous species can be observed in this unique environment: Common and Little terns, Black-headed gulls, Little Ringed plovers, Common sandpipers, various species of ducks and other birds.  

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Common and Little terns’ monitoring in two Special Protected Areas of Nemunas river

Project’s Associated Partner Nemuno kilpos Regional Park Administration started monitoring activities of the Common and Little terns’ breeding success and breeding habitats in two Special Protected Areas (SPAs) of Nemunas river: a riverbed section of Nemunas river between Prienai and Legveniskes settlement and a riverbed section of Nemunas river between Pelesiskes and Balbieriskes settlements.

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Monitoring of Common Terns at Novaraistis Ornithological Reserve

The first monitoring visit to Novaraistis Ornithological Reserve was performed on June 2, 2019. In the frame of the project, a few open peat islands were restored, and this season Common Terns settled three of them separately from Caspian Gulls, that occupied large islands of the peatland. The biggest colony with 65 pairs of Common Tern settled down on the island, which is in the western part of the peatland.

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The first Common terns’ chicks hatching

At the end of May, when the last Common terns still laying the eggs, the early birds already feed their chicks. On May 27, the project staff has visited 2 breeding sites of Common Tern on the islands of Kalviai gravel pit (Klaipeda district) and on the artificial rafts in Raseiniai fishponds.

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Terns‘ habitats restoration in Nemuno kilpos Regional Park

The degraded breeding habitats in two NATURA 2000 sites designated for protection of Common and Little Terns in Nemuno Kilpos Regional Park - Nemunas between Prienai and Lengveniškes and Nemunas between Pelėšiškes and Balbieriškis -  will be restored within the project and the favourable conditions of the habitats will be constantly kept.

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For Little and Common terns - an island in Nemunas river near Vilkija

A few years ago, in Nemunas river a sandy island near Vilkija has formed, which was immediately occupied by birds. This year a new small island next to the big one started to form. After the discussion with the project partner – the State Enterprise Inland Waterways Authority (VVKD), a decision was taken to expand and to form significantly larger island for birds for this year’s breeding season. The practical works, as its foreseen in the project application, will be implemented by the VVKD.

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Terns have returned to Nemunas islands near Lipliūnai and Niedus lake

This winter Lithuanian ornithological society has implemented practical management works on Nemunas islands near Lipliūnai settlement and immediate results were seen sunny morning of May 6 - ornithologists observed on the islands not only Black-headed gulls, but also around 15 pairs of Common Tern, as well as similar number of pairs of Little Tern.

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Promising results of practical management works in Nemunas river islands

In the period of 2008-2011, from 10 to 30 pairs of Little Tern were breeding on Nemunas river islands. Some years the islands or riversides were inhabited by similar number of Common Tern. However, due to the overgrow of islands with vegetation, the number of breeding pairs of Little Tern has significantly decreased. As a result, five years ago only individual pairs were breeding there.

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Practical habitats conservation actions in January-February

The main project’s objective is to improve the conservation status of the common and little terns breeding populations in Lithuania by the proper maintenance of their breeding habitats within SPAs network Practical conservation actions in January-February were performed at Kretuonas lake (LTSVEB003), Nemunas delta (LTSLUB001), Novaraistis (LTSAKB001), Niedus and Veisiejai lakes (LTLAZB001). 

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