For the first time in history we know exactly what route the rollers take to migrate to Africa from the Carpathian Basin. We’ve already suspected that rollers spend the winter south of the Sahara desert, possibly even south of the Equator, but the exact location of the wintering grounds, the routes, and the migration strategy were all unknown until now. Thanks to the advance of satellite tracking technology, and the work of the LIFE+ funded Consortium, we are now able to map the movements of two satellite tagged rollers.
The annual Roller Conservation Workshop, organised by the Bird Protection and Study Society of Serbia and the “Riparia” Association of Naturalists of Subotica, was held between 17-18 October 2015. The workshop brings together over 30 conservationists involved in roller conservation work from all over Serbia to share the regional results of breeding success, and gives an opportunity to discuss the latest research. The ROLLERPOJECT team was also invited, so we took this opportunity to share our first results on the movements of our satellite tagged rollers.
Kesznyéten is one of the project sites of the roller conservation project within the territory of the Bükk National Park Directorate. The Landscape Protection Area became protected in 1990, and during the designation of the Natura 2000 network, it also became a Special Protection Area ( Kesznyéten SPA, code HUBN1005).
The Environment Protection Agency of Satu Mare County has successfully completed the E4 actions in the framework of the Conservation of the European roller in the Carpathian Basin project in September 2015.
The aim of the E4 actions was to produce, and install 30 information boards in 15 Special Protection Areas (SPA). The intention was to draw the attention of local communities and visitors to the Natura 2000 network and the importance of roller protection.
On the 22nd August 2015, the Environment Protection Agency of Satu Mare County (APM) installed an exhibition booth on the 14th Hungarian Days in the Partium in the Kossuth Garden of Satu Mare with PR material on the LIFE13 NAT/HU/000081 project titled ‘The conservation of the European roller within the Carpathian Basin’.