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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

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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

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Wet Meadows

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. Read more

News

  • Range of initiatives taken in Taraš stork village

    Those working to protect storks in the Serbian borough of Taraš have been keeping extremely busy. The new observation tower, information boards and guided excursions are just a few examples of the wide range of activities they have been involved in. More

  • New feature showing the fluctuations in White Stork populations

    In one year the summer may be warm and dry, the food supply abundant and the disturbances insignificant, but in the next it may be the complete opposite. External factors are an important influence in the breeding success of the White Stork. More

  • Next conference of the European Stork Villages Network in 2018

    The 15th conference of the European Stork Village Network will take place in Altreu, Switzerland, on 14-17 June 2018. The representatives of all European Stork Villages, as well as international nature conservation experts, will update each other on the latest progress on stork protection in the stork villages and across Europe. More

  • A Network for the White Stork

    From 16 to 20 May 2017, the 14th conference of European Stork Villages was held in Poros, Greece. About 50 representatives of nearly all the stork communities as well as international nature conservation experts gather for four days to develop programmes on how to advance stork protection throughout Europe. ++ Storks, too, fall victim to poaching on their migration across the Mediterranean. More

  • More room for our storks

    From 29 June to 3 July 2016, all life revolved around the white stork in the Hungarian village of Nagybajom. More than 60 representatives of "European Stork Villages" from 13 different European countries converged on this little town of just three and a half thousand inhabitants in southwest Hungary. +++ “European Stork Villages” are creating new habitats for the white stork More

  • “European Stork Village” 2016 designated

    A new village has joined the already impressive network of European Stork Villages on Saturday. On 11th June the nature conservation foundation EuroNatur awarded the title of European Stork Village 2016 to the Greek village of Poros. More

The European Stork Villages Network

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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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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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