Results of the project

This following are the main results of the “LIFE MagniDucatusAcrola” project.

1. Calendar for 2018 released

This bilingual calendar (Lithuanian and Belarussian) presents one of the most remarkable results of 2018 from our project – Aquatic warbler translocation, which till now is implemented very successfully. In the calendar the life cycle of the Aquatic Warbler is marked and a brief presentation of the project offered.

2. Biomass processing facility opened in Dreverna

On 5 October 2018, a new biomass processing facility was opened up in Dreverna. Here the grass coming from fields that are important for Aquatic warbler and other birds will be recycled into grass pallets.

  

3. Project website updated

In July of 2018, a new professional project webpage, which will be integrated into the website of project coordinating organization, was created. This solution will increase the visitor flow, ensure the maintenance and technical updating in the future.

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4. The development of the Young Nature Rangers Platform has begun

In the summer of 2018, intense work began on development of a web platform for Young Nature Rangers, in which children could find and carry out various tasks about nature as well as receive badges. It is expected that in the future this platform will become an integral part of formal as well as informal environmental education.
  

5. Farmers were informed about Aquatic Warblers breeding in their fields

In June of 2018, after the first monitoring of Aquatic warblers, the project team visited farmers who have these rare birds breeding on their land this year. The team negotiated with farmers about mowing terms and encouraged them to declare those plots for special agri-environmental payments.

6. Aquatic Warbler translocation implemented

In the beginning of June of 2018, 50 Aquatic Warbler chicks from Belarus were brought to the Zuvintas Biosphere Reserve, Lithuania. Read the translocation programme.

7. The project areas are equipped with info stands

In Spring of 2018 information stands are being built in the project sites informing tourists and locals about nature values of the sites and the project activities there.

8. A supplement to the water level management study was prepared

In the summer of 2018,  the study of water level management for Šyša and Sausgalviai polders was supplemented by additional chapters, providing concrete proposals and calculations based on the results of negotiations with farmers.

9. The second welcoming event was held

In 2018, in the Nemunas delta, or “bird paradise”, the traditional celebration of aquatic warbler’s welcoming event took place.

10. A draft of the program for translocation of the Aquatic Warbler was made

2018 m. In May, the project for Aquatic Warbler translocation programme was completed. It was discussed at the naturalists’ meeting. Check the programme.

  

11. The primary analysis of Aquatic warbler stepping stone habitats implemented

The primary stage of Lithuanian peat analysis is currently completed. Based on the initial criteria, approximately 1700 Lithuanian peatlands were selected. The introduction of additional selection criteria will assess the situation of the potential habitats of the Aquatic warbler in Lithuania. The analysis in Belarus has been already done.

12. A short informative publication on the translocation of the Aquatic Warbler was issued

In May of 2018, the publication presenting the essential aspects of the Aquatic Warbler translocation was issued.

13. Calendar for 2017 released

This bilingual calendar (Lithuanian and Belarussian) marks the life cycle of the Aquatic Warbler and offers a brief presentation of the project.

14. Publication "The Aquatic Warbler: A Guide for Children " - second edition, translations into Russian and English - released

In December 2017, a second edition of the children’s book about the Aquatic Warbler was published. For the first time the book was adapted for a foreign audiences – English and Russian versions were prepared.

15. Nature management plans prepared

At the end of the year 2017, nature management plans were developed for the Pušnis, Ružas and Apvardai Wetland Complex, Šyša Botanical-Zoological Reserve, Sausgalviai Polder Meadows, Kiaulyčia Botanical-Zoological Reserve.

 

16. 2 publications about the project areas prepared

Publications for local residents and tourists about Kliošiai Lanscape Reserve (Tyrai) and Sausgalviai and Šyša area, its environmental values and project activities were prepared in Lithuanian.

17. Meetings with farmers to discuss nature management plans organized

In September of 2017 we met with local communities to give their feedback on nature management plans.

 

18. A preliminary study of the water level mangement of Šyša and Sausgalviai polders was prepared

The study prepared in July 2017 suggests ways to manage water level individually in certain areas of polders.

19. A meeting with experts on the translocation of the Aquatic Warblers was held

In the beginning of July 2017, the Scientific Advisory Board met in Zuvintas Biosphere Reserve to evaluate the progress of the project and to consult the preparation for Aquatic Warbler translocation.

20. All farmers in Lithuania that have Aquatic warblers in their meadows were informed

In June the project team negotiated with farmers to protect the Aquatic Warbler. The flag of the rare songbird was presented to the farmers after they agreed to protect the birds.

21. Aquatic Warbler welcoming event organised

On June 3rd the Aquatic Warbler project team met with farmers in the traditional Aquatic Warbler welcoming event in Nemunas delta.

22. Project flyers issued

In April 2017, the project team introduced a leaflet in three languages. The flyers in national languages ​​present the project activities in certain territories more in details.

Project leaflet

23. A project monitoring program has been prepared

The monitoring program developed in March 2017 sets out how the impact of the project will be assessed.

24. The first habitat restoration works were carried out in a territory of 110 ha

In 2016-2017 shrubs and reeds were mowed and the remaining biomass removed from the project areas.

25. The farm in which the biomass processing facility will be established has been purchased

In the beginning of 2017 we bought an abandoned farm in Dreverna. A biomass processing facility will be set up here. It will at least partially solve the problem of biomass utilization in the Nemunas Delta region.