OSME fund for conservation granted

The Ornithological Society of the Middle East has granted 500 GBP to the project 'Assessment of hunting pressure on migrating raptors through the Lesser Caucasus'.

For his master dissertation, Johannes Jansen will investigate the magnitude of the raptor shooting throughout the eastern Black Sea bottleneck. It will cover both the Adjara region in Georgia and NE Turkey. This project builds on the expertise and data collected during the previous editions of the BRC and will be conducted in close cooperation with the Georgian Centre for the Conservation of Wildlife and Kuzeydoga.

Based on geographical features of the landscape and migration patterns, a map of high mortality risk from shooting will be constructed in GIS, and the magnitude of this risk will be examined in the field during September 2011. It will include hunter counts, a questionnaire and counting and measuring of casualties. Montagu's harrier, Pallid harrier and Lesser spotted eagle have been selected as species of special interest.

The main goal is to obtain a global image of the impact of raptor shooting on migrating populations and to designate priority areas for conservation.