The protection of animals and plants is
an international responsibility and a challenge to all concerned.
The necessary international collaboration and the development
of efficient protection strategies are particularly relevant
to species such as the Golden Eagle that uses its environment
at large scales. One aim of the AQUILALP.NET is to intensify
cooperation between Protected Area administrations in the
partner regions. The coordinated and standardised quantification
of Golden Eagle numbers in five spatially significant protected
areas of the Eastern Alps (in total an area of 3 200 km²
is included in the present study) will allow a quality control
of the effectiveness of an interregional protection strategy
for a protected
species under Appendix 1 of the Birds Directive of the European
Union. Further, the ALQUILALP.NET Project should
provide a stimulus to promote general public awareness of
efforts to protect the alpine flora and fauna.
The numbers and distributions of Golden Eagle breeding pairs will be determined within a selection of large Natura 2000 areas within the AQUIALP.NET project. Co-ordinated recording, regular controls of the eyrie (nesting) sites and standardised methods will allow scientifically exact documentation and comparisons of the reproduction rates of this bird of prey. As a supplement to the reproduction data, all important location characteristics of nesting sites are to be recorded within a standardised scheme. Particular attention will be given to those parameters that indicate present or potential disturbances to the species.
Golden Eagles are generalists in their diet.
This means that their prey spectrum varies greatly regionally
and also seasonally. To obtain a realistic idea of the variety
of prey taken by the eagles within their own areas, it is
necessary to undertake diet analyses from remains found within
The coordinated recording of the Golden
Eagle populations in the project areas, together with the
integrated methodology, provides an opportunity to check the
efficiency of the interregional Natura
2000 Network, using a concrete example from the European
Union Birds Directive.
The strong public image of the Golden Eagle as an important species for protection, together with the results from this AQUILALP.NET project, may be used as a further advertisement for the protection of alpine natural and cultural landscapes. Extra to this web site the following measures have been planned:
- Yearly production of a Golden
- A travelling exhibition about the
Golden Eagle and alpine nature reserves
- Publication of a brochure on the
Golden Eagle and the results of this project