The LIFE LANNER project staff has established fruitful contacts with the following initiatives and institutions, as part of the E2 networking action:

Israel Nature and Parks Authority
From November 2 to 6, 2021, Ohad Hatzofe, executive manager of the Israeli Lanner Project, visited the actions of our project. Hatzofe managed the lanner falcon reintroduction project in Israel and is one of the world’s leading ornithologists. Representatives of the partners participated in the visit. The objective of the visit was the structures intended for the reproduction of the lanner falcon for reintroduction. Additionally, Hatzofe visited release sites with hacking facilities in both the Lago di Vico Reserve and the Marturanum Natural Park. The meeting was an important opportunity to exchange knowledge on reproduction techniques of a sensitive species at risk of extinction. Mr Hatzofe appreciated the motivation of the project staff and the work done and made suggestions for possible improvements. O. Hatzofe joined the project’s Scientific Committee in 2022.

LIFE LANNER meets Ohad Hatzofe

Life Egyptian vulture
Three visits were carried out at the CERM partner (GR), to exchange useful materials and discuss reproduction techniques. Collaboration and constant exchange of experiences with G. Ceccolini.
The LIFE Egyptian vulture project (LIFE16 NAT/IT/000659) aimed to promote the conservation of the Egyptian vulture, a small vulture which is considered threatened at a European level and which in Italy is even the avifaunal species at greatest risk of extinction.
The project lasted five years (October 2017-September 2022) and developed in Basilicata, Puglia, Calabria and Sicily, regions where the Egyptian vulture still nests or where it passes during its migration towards Africa, and in islands of Fuerteventura and Lanzarote, in the Canary Archipelago (Spain).
The main actions of the project include the surveillance of nesting sites, the management of feeding points, the development of activities against the illegal use of poison and the release into the wild of young born in captivity. Both in Italy and in the Canary Islands, extensive interventions have been carried out on power lines, carried out by e-distribuzione and Endesa Distribuzione, so that Egyptian vultures can safely perch on poles and pylons of power lines.

Life ConRaSi
Various meetings and contacts were held with the project staff in reference to the situation of the Lanario in Sicily.
The LIFE14 NAT/IT/001017 ConRaSi – Conservation of Birds of Prey Sicily project had the general objective of improving the reproductive success of the Bonelli’s eagle, the Egyptian vulture and the lanner population, through the implementation of habitat improvement measures. Specifically, the project aimed to improve the trophic (nutritional) capacity of the Sicilian territories in which the species are found, creating feeding sites and rabbit warrens; obtain a detailed picture of the demography of the three species, mortality rates and survival rates, as well as their distribution or in relation to the Natura 2000 network, proposing, where necessary, adjustments (i.e. new boundaries of current sites and inclusion of new sites ).

Life Aquila a-Life
Collaborative talks were held with the project, which uses similar hacking techniques on Bonelli’s Eagle, but it was not possible to exchange experiences on hacking eagles in Sardinia.
The project (LIFE16 NAT/ES/000235) had the aim of increasing the range of the Bonelli’s Eagle Aquila fasciata in the western Mediterranean and the recovery of the species currently classified as being in critical danger of extinction in Italy. Coordinated by GREFA, a Spanish NGO that deals with nature conservation also through the recovery of fauna in difficulty and captive breeding programs, the project began in October 2017, lasted 5 years and involved other Spanish partners and French. The actions carried out by ISPRA, Area for Migratory Birds, have seen the reintroduction of the species in Sardinia, where extinction probably dates back to the nineties. The project had the support of the Sardinia Region which, with Forestas, was actively involved in the choice of release sites. The reintroduction of the Bonelli’s Eagle in Sardinia represents a great opportunity for the conservation of the species also through the restoration of range continuity in the central-western Mediterranean.

LIFE ShepForBio
The project was invited to share its experience in terms of bush clearing and pasture revitalization to ensure open areas for birdlife, an attention shared with the LIFE Lanner project.
The project (LIFE20 NAT/IT/001076) carries out concrete actions for the conservation of grasslands by promoting grazing as a tool for the conservation and management of these environments, with the aim of protecting their biodiversity. All the planned activities will take place in collaboration with companies present in the area.
LIFE ShepForBio provides direct interventions for the conservation of target habitats, through their restoration and the fight against the spread of shrubby and tree vegetation, the improvement of pastoral management, with the creation of infrastructures at the service of shepherds, support for existing agricultural companies and the promotion of new activities, through the creation of a school for shepherds and breeders.

Life Granatha
The planned burning of the bushes was evaluated as a possibility to expand the open areas, foreseen by this project.
The project (LIFENAT/IT/000837) is aimed at improving the conservation status of the populations of some bird species included in Annex I of DC 2009/147/EEC linked to mountain moorland habitats (habitat 4030 “European dry lands” with abundant presence of E. scoparia) present in the SPA “Pratomagno mountain pastures and bushes”.
The project therefore proposes to carry out a series of conservation actions necessary to stop, but above all to reverse, this trend towards the evolution and transformation of moorland environments, through the restoration of their ecological functionality (essentially with the removal of trees and invading shrubs) and above all by creating the conditions for the start of a local supply chain which, through the use of Erica scoparia, can guarantee, with the production and marketing of brooms and other tools, their continuous and long-lasting management.

Project staff have established good collaboration and effective networking, including with the following organisations, mainly through online meetings and exchange of information and materials:

  • LIPU-Birdlife Italia, obtaining participation in the network of rescue centers, CRAS network, C7 action
  • Tuscan Ornithological Center, contributing to the monitoring of the lanner in Tuscany during 2021, action D1
  • Zoological museums of Malta, Vienna and Florence, obtaining data and samples for the lanner database, action A5, which led to the genetic characterization of the subspecies,
  • GREFA, regarding reproduction and possible transfer of lanner individuals, action C2
  • CERM ONG, regarding reproduction techniques, action C1 and C2
  • ISPRA, on the scientific aspects of the project and on the integration of the action plan, action A4 and participation in the Scientific Committee,
  • Italian Ministry of the Environment, obtaining its patronage, and the reserves where some actions are carried out (action C2, C4, etc.): Marturanum Regional Park, Valle del Treja Regional Park, Monte Casoli di Bomarzo Regional Nature Reserve, Regional Nature Reserve Mount Rufeno.