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Species action plan kick-off meeting planned for 14 March 2019
21.02.2019
Species action plan kick-off meeting planned for 14 March 2019
One of the project tasks is to update the national species action plan for lesser spotted eagle. Now the process of action plan development has started and the first meeting for discussion of the plan will be held on March 7, 2019
Setting up artificial nests for Lesser spotted eagles
18.12.2018
Setting up artificial nests for Lesser spotted eagles
Winter is that time of the year when experts depart to forest not to observe birds, but to work with hammer, nails and ropes. They are building artificial nests for Lesser spotted eagles. What are the artificial nests and why they are needed?
A record number of Lesser spotted eagle nests found this year
28.11.2018
A record number of Lesser spotted eagle nests found this year
Already for the second year inventory of Lesser spotted eagle nests is carried out in Latvia. It is a precondition for precise and reasonable species protection. Therefore the project "Conservation Arrangements for Lesser Spotted Eagle in Latvia" implemented by Latvian Fund for Nature carries out nest intventory in all territory of Latvia. This season has been very successful - the experts have found a record number of nest - 177. Last season 111 nests were discovered. Experts say - this has been a very good nesting year, young birds have been observed in much more nests than previously.

Live stream

In April 2018 we installed webcams at two nests of lesser spotted eagle. The webcams allow us to observe the life of birds and to follow the course of nesting. The data obtained can be useful for ornitologists in order to gain a better understanding of behaviour of the bird. 

One of the webcams was installed at the nest built in a spruce in Zemgale - middle of Southern part of Latvia. Last year one young bird was observed in this nest, and judging by the construction of the nest, it has been used for nesting for quite a long time. 

The other nest, also located in Zemgale, is known since 2017 when one young bird was observed there. It is built in a birch tree approximately 20 meters from the ground and its estimated age is at least five years. 

However, during 2018 nesting did not occur in neither of the two nests. The nest in the spruce was visited by lesser spotted eagle only couple of times, but the nest in birch tree was more inhabited -- during spring several birds visited it, also a pair of birds spent longer time here and even decorated the nest with pine and spruce needles. The couple has been occasionally observed in the nest until the end of August. 

Currently the livestream is not active. We will resume it in Spring 2019. 

For land owners

How to recognize eagle?
3 main features
Medium sized, the wingspan around 150 cm
Medium sized, the wingspan around 150 cm
Long, broad wings with square tips
Long, broad wings with square tips
Brown feathers
Brown feathers
What to do?
Take a picture of the nest and its surroundings
Note the exact location and coordinates of the nest

Report a Lesser spotted eagle nest in your property

Location of nest – a detailed description with coordinates or a link to www.balticmaps.eu 

Report the nest  – www.dabasdati.lv 

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