Safeguarding and Monitoring of Birds in the Park

Thanks to cofinancing from the Cariverona Foundation, the Park in collaboration with the Lega Italiana Protezione Uccelli (LIPU) has launched a study on birds.

Identifying priority species
One hundred and forty bird species have currently been recorded in the Park.
The profile of knowledge and importance of the various species is extremely varied and a PDF table has therefore been prepared (PDF – 52Kb) showing the study requirements and relative priority for each species recorded.

The species underlined in the table are those considered to be a priority, identified on the basis of their rarity and the degree of protection afforded by Community legislation. PDF Table 2 (PDF – 52Kb) shows the degree of protection of the 40 species the Park considers as a priority for monitoring and safeguarding activities.

Planned action
On the basis of the above, groups of species have been identified as requiring surveys and studies with top, high, medium and low priority.
By summarising the various species-specific studies and priorities assigned to each, five study and safeguarding activities have been defined for 2007-2008:

  1. Updating of the Atlas of Nesting Birds
  2. Monitoring of the corn crake population
  3. Study on the distribution and ecology of the most important birds of prey nesting in the Park
  4. Study on the distribution and ecology of the most important owls
  5. Study of the distribution and ecology of the various species of woodpecker present in the Park

The studies on the corn crake, birds of prey and owls and the ecology of the woodpeckers have been delegated to professional ornithologists.
Updating of the Atlas of Nesting Birds on the other hand involves the contribution of research by amateur enthusiasts.

The updating of the Atlas of the Nesting Birds: you can become a researcher for the Park!
Dolomiti Bellunesi National Park is entirely included in an  IBA-SPA and, considering the the updating of the atlas aims at completing the already existing data and at defining the bird presence in the various environments, we have decided to use a UTM reference table of 1 km x 1 km, in order to thoroughly study the Park birds.
For this reason, also the information collected by volunteers will be very useful. Anyone with an adequate technical-scientific knowledge can contribute to the collection of data, filling in the survey form. In order to correctly fill in the form, it is necessary to know in which kilometric quadrant you are. For this, you can download the Park map with the kilometric grid and the Regional Technical Map in scale 1:5.000 indicating the survey grid.