Breeding pair numbers of Montagu’s Harriers in Bavaria in 2009

26. February 2010

In 2009, 155 pairs of Montagu’s Harrier were recorded in Bavaria. The number is good as similar to the last two years.
The breeding success was lower in 2009. The experts suspect this is due to the low density of voles in 2009.

The conservation of the Montagu’s Harrier is a success story in Bavaria. Nests are searched and protected during the breeding season. Farmers, who leave the nests intact (and some crops around the nest)
are compensated for their financial loss.

That has helped to increase the population, especially in Unterfranken (north-west Bavaria).

More information (in German) can be found here:
http://www.lbv.de/artenschutz/voegel/wiesenweihe/aktuell.html