LIFE FALKON Newsletter

Issue #2 - September 2019

Field visits, important meetings and the installation of the first nest boxes

Dear friends,

Welcome to our second e-newsletter on the conservation of the Lesser Kestrel.
Twice a year we will give you updates on our efforts to promote the conservation of the Lesser Kestrel in Italy & Greece.
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The LIFE FALKON Consortium

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The second newsletter of LIFE FALKON has arrived and with it lots of news concerning our actions. These months were characterised by a consistent presence in the field of our technical partners. Thanks to their great work, the first nest-boxes were installed and our conservation action has effectively started. The awareness raising activities have also continued thanks to the presentation of the project, its mission and its relevance in protecting biodiversity in conferences in Italy, Greece... and reaching even Japan!

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News from Greece

The Greek partner HOS is proceeding with the field visits and the surveys implementation in order to investigate the area. Curious to know more? Have a look at the article.

The consortium met the municipalities and land owners to protect the lesser kestrel

On 14th February ISPRA and UMIL met up with the technical offices of the municipalities of Mirandola in Emilia-Romagna and Poggio Rusco in Lombardia presenting the first draft of the blueprint of nesting towers and discussing possible technical solutions and potential locations in which to build them. Excellent feedback were collected by the LIFE FALKON Team.

The installation of the first nest boxes

The first nest boxes hosting 15 pairs of Lesser Kestrel were installed by the LIFE FALKON consortium in Baricella (BO). Our technical partners chose the nest-boxes from DEMA, a Spanish organisation with a long experience in the field. LIFE FALKON is effectively contributing to the protection of the Lesser Kestrel!

LIFE FALKON at the SOM (Stazione Ornitologica Modenese)

After the meeting of October, the LIFE FALKON was present at the spring appointment of the bi-annual scientific conference of the SOM (Stazione Ornitologica Modenese). All the conference was dedicated to the LIFE FALKON Project and our representative from ISPRA and UMIL had the opportunity to share our mission with the local citizens and technicians interested in the field.

Surveys in the Po Plain area

The LIFE FALKON Consortium found out that the Lesser Kestrel came back to their colonies earlier than foreseen due to an exceptionally warm and dry winter registered in 2019. As expected climate change is having a big impact also on him and the LIFE FALKON Team is acting to respond to his conservation needs.

The first Monitoring visit

The first Monitoring visit of the LIFE FALKON Project took place in Rome on 12th February 2019. We are very glad to communicate you that we received very positive feedback and that the project is proceeding smoothly as expected!

Read more: The first monitoring visit & The feedback of the first Monitoring visit

LIFE FALKON reached Japan

LIFE FALKON gets off to Japan thanks to the Director Shio Inoue who is shooting a documentary on birds’ biodiversity in the Po Plain. The documentary will be showcased in the NHK (National Japanese Televion) soon!

The first results of the LIFE FALKON Project

Curious to know more about the first results of the LIFE FALKON Project?
Have a look at the article in our website!


Where are birds going?

Birds during spring and summer time have migrated all over the world. Are you curious to know more about where they are going? Read the article of the BirdLife International and check out the new tool of the Euro Bird Portal that allows you to follow their movement in real time!

Raise awareness about biodiversity through “Our Planet”

WWF, Netflix and Silverback Films produced the online series Our Planet that showcases the world's natural wonders, iconic species and wildlife spectacles that still remain. The series is an invitation to reflect on our individual behaviours and to take action for the conservation of the magnificent biodiversity that remain in our planet.
For further information, please visit the website
or contact the Project Manager, Mrs. Laura Lentini
This newsletter has been produced with the financial assistance of the European Union under the LIFE and Natura 2000 Programme and with the financial contribution of the Fondazione Cariplo. The contents of it are the sole responsibility of the consortium of LIFE FALKON and can under no circumstances be regarded as reflecting the position of the European Union or the Fondazione Cariplo.
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