© Miroslav Fulín

The White Stork

The White Stork is so popular one could call it an avian pop star. It is known as the bringer of babies, luck and fertility all over Europe. It has been used in advertising campaigns for beer, nappies, condoms and various other goods, it can be seen on stamps and adorning coins. But where can this charismatic and beautiful bird still be seen in the wild? And did its status as a pop star help the species after all? Read more

© Stefan Ferger/EuroNatur

The European Stork Villages

With the “European Stork Villages” initiative EuroNatur has set up a movement to help counterbalance the habitat loss for storks in Europe. Since 1994 the EuroNatur foundation has honoured 15 villages in 15 European countries for their engagement in white stork and nature conservation with the title “European Stork Village”. Read more

© Milica Radanovic

Wet Meadows

In the Serbian region of Banat home of the European Stork Village, Taraš , a lesson comes alive. A lesson on how people can utilize wet meadows and pastures and at the same time share the natural wealth of these habitats with a bounty of wild species. Read more

© Georg Fiedler

Danger by Energy

Throughout the world hundreds of millions of birds, including many storks get killed each year by overhead power lines. They collide with cables or get electrocuted. But power lines can be safely modified for birds. Read more

News

  • Opening of the new Stork Information Centre in Belozem

    In the Bulgarian stork village of Belozem a new White Stork Tourist Information Centre officially opened on 23 September 2019. The celebrations with EuroNatur partner Green Balkans also involved Belozem’s mayor and the priest who gave blessings to the centre. More

  • Two open calls for proposals

    Within the frame of the project “WET MEADOWS AND PASTURES 2” EuroNatur intends to support local and national NGOs and the European Stork Villages (ESV) in the implementation of projects addressing the restoration of wet meadows and pastures. In addition EuroNatur intends to support the sustainable development of the European Stork Villages (ESV) and their NGO partners by a small grant scheme. Please find more information on the two calls for proposals below. More

  • Power lines: Fatal for migratory birds

    ++ Autumn migration has begun ++ Overhead powerlines cause the death of millions of migratory birds worldwide ++ International campaign to protect migratory birds starts its second phase ++ More

  • European Stork Conference in Češinovo-Obleševo

    White storks are enjoying a good life, thanks to the rich food sources in the rice fields surrounding the Northern Macedonian commune of Češinovo-Obleševo. The village, which was granted the honour of being declared a stork village in 2013 by EuroNatur, hosted the 16th European Stork Conference from 12-15 July 2019. More

  • Europe’s stork conservationists meet in North Macedonia

    From 12 to 15 June 2019, representatives of the European Stork Villages Network will meet in the Stork Village of Češinovo-Obleševo. Together with international nature conservation experts, they will discuss and learn about recent progress in protecting storks both in the Stork Villages and throughout Europe. More

  • Call for proposals

    Within the frame of the project “WET MEADOWS AND PASTURES 2” EuroNatur intends to support local and national NGOs and the European Stork Villages (ESV) in the implementation of projects addressing the restoration of wet meadows and pastures. A first call for proposal in 2018 resulted in the funding of 8 habitat projects, which are currently ongoing. With this second call, we aim to identify and fund additional habitat projects in order to continue and enlarge this successful project model. More

The European Stork Villages Network

© ESV Malpartida de Cáceres

With the “European Stork Villages” initiative EuroNatur has set up a movement to help counterbalance the habitat loss for storks in Europe. Since 1994 the EuroNatur foundation has honoured the contribution of 15 villages in 15 European countries for their engagement in white stork and nature conservation with the title “European Stork Village”. Candidates for the title are villages or parishes with resident stork colonies. The local people have put much time and energy into the protection of storks, for example by adopting extensive farming practices and of conserving large areas of wetland. With the title, the communities are internationally recognized as special cultural and natural heritage sites. In this way we are working to encourage successful approaches to the protection of nature in general and white storks in particular.

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The White Stork

© ESV Taraš

The White Stork is so popular one could call it an avian pop star. It is known as the bringer of babies, luck and fertility all over Europe. It has been used in advertising campaigns for beer, nappies, condoms and various other goods, it can be seen on stamps and adorning coins. But where can this charismatic and beautiful bird still be seen in the wild? And did its status as a pop star help the species after all?

In short: Yes, it did help, but it didn´t prevent the vanishing of storks from areas where wetlands, wet meadows and extensive agriculture have disappeared. Storks and wetlands belong together and thus the White Stork is the European ambassador for the protection and restauration of wetlands, wet meadows and pastures.

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Wet meadows and pastures

© Martin Schneider-Jacoby

In the Croatian Lonjsko Polje Nature Park home of the first European Stork Village, Čigoč, a lesson comes alive. A lesson on how people can utilize wet meadows and pastures and at the same time share the natural wealth of these habitats with a bounty of wild species. In spring the area teems with wildlife. Storks, herons and spoonbills feast on the abundance of frogs, snakes and insects. White-tailed eagles soar through the sky and in the evenings the air is filled with the croaking of the European tree frog and the characteristic moaning of the fire-bellied toad. For many generations people in Čigoč have been using the floodplains of the river Save to raise their cattle, horses and pigs and at the same time as a natural flood prevention system. The regular flooding provides nutrients and moisture to the meadows, pastures and woodlands. It nourishes the farm animals and a diverse fauna and flora. Nowadays local people benefit from their traditional pasturing system in yet another way: The beauty of the landscape and the biodiversity attract bird watchers and nature lovers from all over Europe and are thus supporting small ecotourism enterprises and the Nature Park Lonjsko Polje.

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Partners

EuroNatur is a charitable foundation which is based in Radolfzell, Germany. In our project activities we focus like no other organisation on creating nature conservation across national borders. As an internationally active nature conservation foundation we have made it our task to conserve our European natural heritage in all its diversity and to protect precious natural and ecologically valuable traditionally cultivated landscapes in Europe.

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CICONIA is a charitable foundation and was founded in 1997 in Schaan (Principality of Liechtenstein). The aim is to support nature conservation and environmental education projects along the international migration route of White and Black Storks. Comprehensive habitat improvements and protection are realized. In Addition, environmental education projects contribute to long-term sustainability in nature and environmental protection.

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Storch Schweiz was created over 40 years ago to provide scientific governance and coordinate the reintroduction of White Storks in Switzerland. It uses the species as a flagship to promote and support habitat restoration measures and sustainable agricultural practices in densely populated landscapes. Storch Schweiz elaborated a national action plan, monitors the Swiss population and coordinates European-wide efforts along its migration routes

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