Conservation of priority forests and forest openings in "Ethnikos Drymos Oitis" and "Oros Kallidromo" of Sterea Ellada, LIFE11 NAT/GR/1014
Action D.4: Monitoring the impact of management on Annex I birds
This action aims at monitoring the impact of the proposed interventions on the populations of Alectoris graeca, Dryocopus martius, Dendrocopos leucotos, Picus canus and Aegolius funerus, according to the specifications produced by Action A.9, in order to evaluate population status and the results of conservation actions.
Monitoring will be conducted by two ornithologists, on a part-time basis, who will visit the area of interest at least three times per year (before, during and after the breeding season). The duration of monitoring will be 2-3 years depending on the time of initiation of action C.8; it will start in the third or the fourth year of the project (before the breeding season), after the implementation of conservation interventions for at least one breeding season, and will be completed at the end of the project.
Monitoring of the impact of the proposed interventions on the target species is required for all projects with concrete conservation actions, according to the guidelines for the LIFE+ Nature & Biodiversity 2011 proposals.
Monitoring of the five bird species will allow evaluation of the adequacy of the management interventions of action C.8. The comparison of observations before, during and after the application of conservation actions assures the continuous evaluation of the program and will help amend the methodology of management, or to develop alternative management techniques if necessary.
- Annual reports with the description and interpretation of the results of annual monitoring of Alectoris graeca, Dryocopus martius, Dendrocopos leucotos, Picus canus and Aegolius funerus.
The reports will include evaluation of the conservation actions and, if necessary, proposals for their amendment. The final report will include a proposal for the establishment of long term after-LIFE+ monitoring and management.