Stralsbach forest: red kite seeks new eyrie

"The whole thing is a real malaise, michael geier, head of administration of the bavarian part of the biosphere reserve, says about the incident in the stralsbach forest. The milan is a bird species worth protecting in the rhon region. The cross-border red kite project was set up specifically for this purpose. It should protect the bird, which stands for the cultural landscape like no other, in its preferred habitat. Volunteers from the biosphere reserve are mapping the eyrie for this purpose.

Nest found on the ground

when one of these helpers wanted to check a site in the stralsbach forest on founding thursday, where three horsts were relatively close to each other, she found a nest on the ground. And one that was still incubating last year. She also saw forestry workers clearing wood nearby. And that in the protection period. Michael geier got to the bottom of the matter. The central question here: was the horst brought down by a storm or by forest workers?

"I can’t see any preconceived notion", he evaluates at a press meeting on site. "We foresters do know that the red kite from the 1. February to 31. July has protection time. The only thing is that our window of opportunity to get the main blow or the wind break out of the forest is getting narrower and narrower," he said at a press conference, bernhard zurner, head of the department of nutrition, agriculture and forestry for the district of bad kissingen, adds.

Especially since the work in the forest due to storm frederike on 18. January have not become any easier, adds district manager joachim dahmer. After the storm, he had found plastic sheeting on the larch tree that housed the eyrie in its treetop. This usually indicates a nest of red kites. "I should have reported it immediately. That was a mistake", dahmer said. He has now observed that a red kite is flying over the area and is looking for it. "These birds are not necessarily considered to be loyal to their nests. Maybe he will take one of the other two nests", hopes vulture. This year, the head of the reserve saw his first red kite after the winter period in the first week of march.

Wood remains lying

district manager dahmer has recently observed that a bird has oriented itself further towards the edge of the forest and is possibly building a new nest there. "We will watch this closely", says michael geier. In the two bavarian rhon districts, there are about 50 nests in trees. "They are all mapped. When there are successes, we get to hear about it!"

The red kite lays its eggs in april, and the young fledge in july. "We will leave the wood cut at the site in question for as long as it takes", confirms bernhard zurner. This is of course a financial burden for the municipality of burkardroth.

Mayor waldemar bug also assumes that the red kite nest was caught in the storm. "The tree is still standing!", he says. It is not known whether his municipality will be charged with a misdemeanor. Michael geier is in discussion with daniel scheffler of the bird protection association about the matter. Of course, he was "really pissed off", so vulture "because this particular eyrie had produced a successful brood."

The head of the biosphere reserve is mainly concerned with sensitizing everyone – forestry workers, the community and forest users – so that such cases do not happen again. "We always urge our employees in the forest to look up as well as down," says geier, said burkardroth’s mayor waldemar bug. And at best, you will see a new nest that the red kite has built for itself in the stralsbach forest. Michael noth

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