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Individual study: Establishment of a feeding station near the Laterza LIPU Reserve to provide additional food for three declining necrophagous raptor species in Apulia, Italy

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Gustin M., Giacoia V. & Bellini F. (2009) Establishment of a feeding station near the Laterza LIPU Reserve to provide additional food for three declining necrophagous raptor species in Apulia, Italy. Conservation Evidence, 6, 66-70


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Provide supplementary food for vultures to increase reproductive success Bird Conservation

A before-and-after study in southern Italy (Gustin et al. 2009) investigated the effect of a feeding station, active between February 2004 and September 2007, and found that Egyptian vultures Nephron percnopterus bred in small numbers until 2003 but only two to three non-breeding adults were seen in the area during 2004-7. Only a single vulture was seen at the station (in 2007), which was regularly used by corvids and raptors, discussed in ‘Provide supplementary food to increase reproductive success – Raptors’.

 

Provide supplementary food for raptors to increase reproductive success Bird Conservation

A small before-and-after study in southern Italy (Gustin et al. 2009) investigated the effect of a feeding station, active between February 2004 and September 2007, and found that no red kites Milvus milvus bred between 2004 and 2006, but three pairs bred in 2007. Three pairs of black kites Milvus migrans bred in each of 2005-7, before this it had been only an irregular breeder. The station consisted of a 40 x 40 m enclosure surrounded by a 1.8 m high fence. An average of 50 sheep carcasses were provided each year. Between one and 23 red kites and five and 53 black kites were seen every year alongside a large number of non-target corvids. This study also describes the impact of the station on Egyptian vultures Beophron percnopterus, described in ‘Provide supplementary food to increase reproductive success’.