Past Projects 2017-12-19T14:57:45+00:00

Killing birds is not cool: raising awareness of bird conservation among young people at the Batumi bottleneck

The project addressed the illegal killing of raptors in the coastal part of Ajara (South West Georgia), which has recently been described as one of the most important migration bottlenecks in the world. Killing (shooting) of raptors in the region is widespread and forbidden by law. SABUKO and  Batumi Raptor Count, has developed an approach based on awareness rising, education and involvement of local people, in order to create a support basis which will facilitate enforcement of the law. This approach [...]

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Batumi Raptor Trail Development

The foothills of the Lesser Caucasus along the Black Sea Coast in Georgia forms on one of the world's biggest bottlenecks for migrating raptors. More than one million birds of prey pass through this region, during migration seasons in spring and autumn, the flight is very diverse, and at least 35 different species of raptors have been observed migrating through the region.  Unfortunately this migration process is impacted by illegal and indiscriminate hunting, a deeply rooted tradition in the rural communities. [...]

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The Importance Of HeidelbergCement Quarries In The Kaspi Region For Birds

Project Start Date: 01.03.2015 Project End Date: – 15.12.2015 The surroundings of Saskhori quarry site offer a diversity of habitat types, ranging from riverine forest, cliffs sides and pastures to steppe areas. This is reflected in an exceptionally rich bird community, with several rare and globally threatened species breeding nearby. Part of the region has been designated as an (Important Bird Area). IBA’s are the sites needed to ensure the survival of viable populations of most of the world’s bird species [...]

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Assessment of Conservation Needs for Eastern Imperial Eagle in Georgia

Project Start Date: 01.07.2014 Project End Date: 30.06.2015 The Eastern Imperial Eagle (Aquila heliaca) is classified as vulnerable and decreasing by BirdLife International. Eastern Georgia’s steppes form an important breeding and wintering site for this species, holding an estimated 35-50 breeding pairs. However the population may saturate due to the lack of nesting sites because of deforestation. Several electric pylons in deforestated but prey-rich areas were used for nesting, showing the dramatical lack of nesting sites. Other pylons in deforestated areas [...]

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Conservation of Raptors in Batumi Flyway, Ajara Region, Georgia

Project Start Date: 01-06-2016 Project End Date: 01.12.2016 Batumi Bottleneck is a spectacular destination and flight here is very diverse. At least 35 different species of raptors have been observed migrating through the region. Unfortunately this migration process is impacted by massive killing of birds and indiscriminate hunting and falconry, a deeply rooted tradition in the rural communities. Based on monitoring and regular field surveys done annually since 2012, it has been highly valuable data collected, shown that over 12000 raptors [...]

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