Watch the birdie!

Bird-watching towers to be installed at the Hrhovské ponds in Slovenský Kras, the ideal place to watch water birds.

(Source: Milan Kapusta, TASR)
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The Slovenský Kras National Park, in cooperation with the Aggtelek National Park in Hungary, jointly run the Birds of Paradise project. This project is focused on improving the nesting conditions for chosen species of birds. The aim is also to construct basic infrastructure for excursions and days out in the area.

“We would like to build lookout towers in the locality of the Hrhovské ponds and in the Hungarian area near the Rakaca Reservoir,” said zoologist Milan Olekšák from State Nature Protection SR National Park Slovenský Kras, as quoted by the TASR newswire.

Water birds at the water basin are easily observable for the lay-public and the towers should be ready for their first visitors by the end of the year.

Part of the project is also to support the ornithological centre in the villages of Drienovec in Slovakia and Szalonna in Hungary, located 24 km apart in the Bodva river basin.

“We are devoted to watching bird migration which always catches people’s attention,” explains Olekšák, as cited by TASR, adding that this means observing where birds fly, their numbers and whether that number increases or decreases each year.

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