The project was designed as a multifaceted approach to the conservation of one of the breeding colonies of Lesser Kestrel (Falco naumanni) in Armenia, at Gorayk IBA. The main challenge for this project was to find the most effective way for the conservation of Lesser Kestrel at the site, combining research and public involvement activities. Major problem to address in this project was identification of the limiting factors and habitat constraints for breeding of the species.
The project allowed for a visit to the French Partner (LPO) on the part of the beneficiary NGO to visit the breeding population of Lesser Kestrel which is in a Specially Protected Area. During the visit to the French site ASPB was introduced how to tackle the issue of low nest-site availability, how to construct and mount artificial nest-boxes in order to increase nesting opportunity for LK and achieve the species conservation objectives. LPO supplied all the information (e.g. material used, proper dimensions of artificial nest boxes, etc.) needed to provide alternative nest opportunities for LK in Armenia.
Subsequently, Philippe PILARD (program manager on Lesser Ketsrel, LPO) visited the main tower and evaluated the potential opportunities and technical aspects for the placement of artificial nest-boxes on the roof of the tower occupied by the breeding LK. The other issues concerning the habitat constraints and LK ecology at the site were discussed and comparative analysis made with the species nesting in France.
Philippe PILARD of LPO at nest
site in Gorayk IBA