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1 Results (III) of the project: Sustainable conservation on Hungarian Natura 2000 sites Péter Tóth BirdLife Hungary (MME) Swiss Contribution - Project Evaluation Conference Gödöllő 15th May 201.

2 Aims and contributors of the project Comprehensive planning of long term, sustainable management of Natura 2000 sites Members of the consortium: Hungarian Ornithological Society (MME) Szent István University, Gödöllő Centre for Ecological Research, Hungarian Academy of Science External assistance: volunteers, stakeholders, national park directorates Budget: 560 m HUF Project duration: May 2012 April 2016

3 Project sites HUBN10006 Mátra HUBN20044 Recski Hegyes-hegy HUBN20047 Mátra északi letörése HUBN20048 Gyöngyöstarjáni Világos-hegy és Rossz-rétek HUBN20049 Mátrabérc fallóskúti-rétek HUBN20050 Gyöngyöspatai Havas HUBN20051 Nyugat-Mátra HUBN20046 Gyöngyösi Sár-hegy HUKN10002 Kiskunsági szikes tavak és az őrjegi turjánvidék HUKN20009 Felső-kiskunsági szikes tavak és Miklapuszta HUKN20013 Fülöpszállás Soltszentimre csengődi lápok HUKN20021 Ökördi erdőtelek keceli lápok

4 Project tasks Development of monitoring methodology Monitoring + data collection Natura 2000 maintenance plans TIR Management of project sites Deeper understanding of the status of the Natura 2000 network

5 Development of fish monitoring methodology, cadastral survey, monitoring (faunistic survey) Development of methodology Survey of the watercourses of the Kiskunság and the Mátra Ecological assessment of water bodies

6 Monitoring of reptiles and amphibians Focal species: European pond turtle Investigation of predation patterns (camera traps; nest guards) Genetic research: As shown by DNA-samples, there is no significant difference among Hungarian populations Potential parasites (most importantly:flatworms)

7 Bird monitoring Integrated methodology MMM Common Bird Survey: relative density estimates for frequent bird species RTM Rare and Colonial Bird Survey: density estimates for rare birds MAP Bird Atlas Programme: distribution areas and local occurrence

8 Bird monitoring Bird Atlas Programme Presently ( ), data from ,5*2,5 km UTM quadrats 302 (out of the 1042) 10*10 km UTM quadrats 1938 uploaded species lists More than 600,000 records

9 Bat monitoring 161 sampling points Visual, mist-netting and detector-aided surveys Ongoing processing of 100,000 audiorecords Ongoing database building Radiotracking in near future

10 Monitoring of mammalian predators Under development: A website for collecting data by online questionnaries; Otter field survey; A new protocol for fur collection in the field; Novel genetic methods; Improved methodology for assessing burrow densities; Application: Acoustic surveys Small predator traps Cameratraps

11 Monitoring of mammalian predators National survey of all species (questionnaires); Otter: evidence on so far unknown occurrences from the Mátra Fur traps: low efficiency, but potential for finding evidence of the presence of steppe polecats (Kiskunság) and wild cats (Mátra) and the lynx (Mátra) Other surveys: fox, badger, jackal, stoat, stone marten, pine marten Data collection and data validation on the occurrence of polecats (Kiskunság NP) and brown bears (Duna-Ipoly and Bükk NP)

12 Frequency(%) (percent of 1783s) Analysis of habitat trends from the 1780s onwards 140,0 120,0 100,0 80,0 60,0 40,0 20,0 91F0 Keményfás ligeterdők: 6,6% maradt 0, Year National level analysis: long-term habitat changes 5000 randomized sampling points 7 temporal snap-shots Graphs on 21 different habitat types Archive maps, aerial photos and satellite imagery Historical botanical data (from the 18th century) Spatial analysis of 120 sampling sites Interviews about the changes of the last ys

13 Interviews with local inhabitants about the land use of certain habitats from the 1950s onwards Pasture use, pasture clearing Meadow improvement Extensive grassland management Use of floodplains and riparian forests Reedbed and marshland management Smallholder use of forests Management actions in response to environmental changes Sustainable use of habitats

14 Conservation monitoring of Natura 2000 forests Support for the monitoring of the structural and functional state of Natura 2000 forests Improvement and general discussion towards a cheaper, more effective methodology Using the results of the Forest Reserve Programme as a reference Complementing the national reports

15 Foundations of monitoring the impact of big game Assembling an objective, cost-effective and representative sampling methodology Assessing the positive and the negative impact of big game populations Development of a methodology complementing the monitoring of the natural state of forests 7 sites 2100 sampling points 35 variables More than 73,000 records 154-km-long route surveyed

16 Results of monitoring the impact of big game Conclusions and selected methodology for the impact assessment of big game species A field guide to the signs of big game presence and monitoring methods Big game impact assessment from 7 Special Protection Areas in the Mátra A total of 2,100 sampling points Providing data for the maintenance plan of the Mátra SPA Development of a decision-making algorithm based on big game impact as a bioindicator

17 Dead wood assessment Amount of dead wood forest reserves: 80 m 3 /ha economic forests: 24 m 3 /ha; Proportion of standing dead wood is higher in economic forests No. of moss spp. ~ amount of lying dead wood No. of fungus spp. ~ amount of lying dead wood Young economic forest Mid-aged econ. forest Old economic forest Forest reserve Forest reserve Forest reserve

18 Natura 2000 maintenance plans - 12 sites involved - Detailed background data (flora & fauna, habitats, land use) - Input data from the other work packages -Based on thematic maps harmonized among management units (protecion of habitats & bird fauna) - Guidelines fitting the subsidy scheme High level of involvement of social groups -Background research on socioeconomic attributes Assessment of stakeholder groups - 48 interviews (52 persons) - List of stakeholders (167 persons) - Stakeholder analysis (47 persons) - Discussion forums (3 locations)

19 Habitat management pilot project Temporarily flooded pastures - Different grazing and mowing patterns - Different grazing levels - Diminishing the size of reed stands Forest habitats - Assuring continuous forest cover - Management of clearings Testing management guidelines Assessment of the impact of management practices on flora&fauna

20 - Active connection with the Swiss partners (SVS/BirdLife Switzerland) - Study trip, exchange of know-how -Suggestions for agroenvironmental management policies -Publication of a field guide (joint project with the Ministry of Agriculture) - Practical information on the website (natura.2000.hu) - Information brochures and other publications Publicity, communication

21 Summary -58 finalized monitoring methodologies -representative sampling on cca. 500,000 ha -Detailed management guidelines for 54 spp/habitat types -12 Natura 2000 maintenance plans under discussion - 1 policy to be put in force - >20 informative articles - >10 scientific papers

22 Thank you for you attention! Co-authors: Biró Marianna, Boldogh Sándor, Bölöni János, Estók Péter, Faragóné Huszár Szilvia, Fehér Ádám, Grónás Viktor, Halpern Bálint, Heltai Miklós, Horváth Ferenc, Katona Krisztán, Králl Attila, Molnár Zsolt, Müller Tamás, Nagy Károly, Nagy Zsolt, Ódor Péter, Patkó László, Podmaniczky László, Staszny Ádám, Szabó László, Szemethy László, Szentes Katalin The project is supported by a grant from Switzerland through Swiss Contribution.

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