A first LIFE-project was implemented between 2014 and 2019. Seven partners from three countries (Austria, Germany, Italy) were involved under the leadership of the Austrian Förderverein Waldrappteam (ZVR 017715608). Waldrappteam Conservation and Research was in charge of the overall management and reintroduction of juvenile birds in the context of human-led migrations.
At the end of 2019, the reintroduced migratory population consisted of 142 individuals, spread over three breeding colonies in Burghausen (Bavaria), Kuchl (Land Salzburg) and Überlingen am Bodensee (Baden-Württemberg). The common wintering area is WWF Oasi Laguna di Orbetello in Tuscany (Italy). The reproduction rate in the colonies Kuchl and Burghausen increased steadily throughout the project period. In 2019, 37 juveniles fledged in these two breeding areas.
Waldrappteam Conservation and Research carried out six human-led migrations, starting from the three breeding colonies in Germany and Austria and with the wintering area in Tuscany as destination. A total of 162 young birds were released in this context.
Thanks to the implemented measures, the loss rate due to illegal shooting in Italy could be reduced by about 50 %.
With around 1,000 press articles and around 60 television reports, the project received considerable international media coverage. The project team also published a number of scientific papers in high-ranking scientific journals.