'Reason for Hope'

Reintroduction of the Northern  Bald Ibis in Europe

Breeding area Burghausen

 

Local partners: City of Burghausen, Environment Department; Bund Naturschutz in Bayern e.V.

Coordinates: 48° 9'8.73"N, 12°47'56.99"E (Breeding camp Laimgrube), 48° 9'22.36"N, 12°49'31.09"E (Breeding Camp Castle of Burghausen, defence wall). At the beginning of 2015, the birds moved to the Breeding Camp at the Castle of Burghausen; since then, there aren´t any birds at the former breeding site Laimgrube.

Map

Since the “Bayerische Landesgartenschau 2004”, the Bavarian city Burghausen is a location of the Northern-Bald-Ibis project. Five human-led migrations were conducted since 2007, to guide hand-raised young Ibises from Burghausen around the Alps to the wintering area in Tuscany.

On 28 June 2011, the first Northern Bald Ibis returned independently from Tuscany to Burghausen; it was the female GoJa. Since then, our birds migrate every year from Bavaria to Italy and back again.

At the beginning of April, the first birds arrive at Burghausen, where they start displaying and breeding. The young fully fledge around mid of May. At the beginning of August, the birds leave the breeding area; often, they stay at the northern pre-Alps for several weeks to forage on rich hay meadows. Sometimes, they also return to Burghausen, but they only rarely use the breeding structures to rest or to sleep. In September, the actual migration to the south starts; young birds join older, experienced fellows to find their way to the wintering area.

Burghausen is home of the world´s longest castle. An altarpiece from the 15th century, displayed in the castle museum, pictures a young Northern Bald Ibis, which gives evidence that this species once occurred in the area. From 2015 on, the castle of Burghausen will be home to Northern Bald Ibises again. Already in 2014, wooden breeding structures were installed on the defence wall near the “Pulverturm”, to where the birds will be relocated from the primary location “Laimgrube” in 2015.

The use of the new location is approved by the Bavarian “Schlösser- und Seenverwaltung”. The funding, project coordination and implementation is executed by the city of Burghausen in close collaboration with the Waldrappteam.

The aim for the breeding area Burghausen in context of the LIFE+ project is the establishment of an independent, migratory colony with 40+ individuals until the end of 2019.

Also in 2016, it´s possible to observe the free-flying birds raising their young at camp “Pulverturm” (Map).

A member of Waldrappteam, volunteers and the Environment Department of Burghausen care for the colony.

From April to August visitors are welcome any time. Especially in good weather, from 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM, the Northern Bald Ibises may be observed particularly well, as a feeding takes place around that time every day.

Free guided tours may be arranged by appointment.

Information and application:  burghausen[at]waldrapp.eu, +43 (0) 680 11 72 028  or at the Environment Department of the city of Burghausen [Tel: +49 (0) 8677 877308]