Due to the decrease of forests and growing urbanization, many endangered, even critically endangered species of birds find its home in man-made nests set up by MAVIR on the pylons of the transmission network.http://www.mavir.hu/web/mavir-en/naturehttp://www.mavir.hu/web/mavir-en/monito ... th-camerashttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saker_FalconSaker Falcon female with chickThe saker youngster fledged on June 11th
Upon the voluntary agreements signed with the Directorates of National Parks, MVM Zrt. and OVIT ZRt. mounted hatching boxes, hatching trays and man-made nests on the pylons of some transmission lines with the aid of experts, already at the beginning of 2000s. Since then, they have been serving as hatching places for several endangered bird species (especially for Saker Falcons and Common Kestrels). The transmission network tasks and a part of the related departments were transferred to MAVIR on 1 January 2006.
In relation with these activities, MAVIR maintains a close contact with the Directorates of National Parks and civil and professional organisations for bird protection. The target of the cooperation is to consider the bird protection aspects and to coordinate the demands during the operation, maintenance and establishment of networks which are in bird protection areas.
MAVIR signed agreements on bird protection with Hungarian Association of Ornithology and Nature Preservation, PRO Vértes Foundation, Natural History Museum of Bakony Mountains and Mátra Museum. The agreements lays in writing the future possibilities to set up further man-made nests and the tasks relating to the nests already mounted and the PR support of this activity.
We carry out the banding and tagging (ringing, radio or GPS transmitter)of the nestlings hatched in man-made nests on transmission network commonly with bird protection experts. With the aid of this technique, we can get valuable information on their life, flight, resting, nutrition and wintering places, migration routes. By observing their life, we can learn how our transmission networks and pylons may mean nesting possibilities for them or a hazard to be avoided. In the framework of the LIFE program we could monitor, for the first time, a nest of bird of prey by camera and photo-traps during 24 hours. Within the bird of prey protection program of LIFE European Union, MAVIR is the part of this international bird protection cooperation for four years.
At present, more than half of the Saker Falcon pairs are nesting on the pylons of MAVIR’s high voltage networks. The program for mounting the man-made nests is approaching its end and we intend to mount new nests on the pylons preferred by bird pairs.