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A Great Bustard was shot at Durankulak Lake
20.01.2012

One of the rarest birds in the world, a Great Bustard, was shot by poachers at Durankulak Lake.
  This morning, 19 Jan. 2012, The BSPB field team of the project “Safe Grounds for Redbreasts” discovered a shot bird of the species Great Bustard (Otis tarda). The bird had settled for the winter in the region of the coastal lakes of Shabla and Durankulak, where it was observed several times since 23 December 2011.
The Great Bustard is an exceptionally rare species, included in the World Red List and absolutely prohibited to hunt. The species has stopped nesting in Bulgaria and disappeared more than 50 years ago. This single bird had probably arrived from Ukraine, attracted by the favorable wintering grounds. This was the only bird of the species, observed in Bulgaria in the last 3 years. Rather paradoxically, the Great Bustard and the Bearded Vulture - the birds symbolizing Bulgarian conservation – have both disappeared from the country. Undoubtedly, one of the main reasons for this is poaching. Besides, the bird was shot in a SPA of the European ecological network “Natura 2000”, where hunting regulations should be especially strictly observed. Durankulak and Shabla lakes are important habitats for other threatened species, such as the Red-breasted Goose, and therefore a year ago BSPB submitted a proposal for limiting the hunting around the two wetlands. This proposal, however, was rejected by the Bulgarian Ministry of the Environment and Waters.

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