Action C.3 | Lesser Kestrel Nursery

The building where the nursery/visitors centre will be established belongs to the Municipality of Gravina in Puglia which will keep the property of the estate. The management of the services delivered in the centre/nursery will be assigned to competent bodies active in the field of wildlife protection. This action aims at creating a Nursery for the Falco Naumanni chicks fallen from their nest and/or for adult specimens wounded or in trouble.

This action aims at creating a Nursery for the Falco Naumanni chicks fallen from their nest and/or for adult specimens wounded or in trouble. The centre will be established in the XV Century Church and Convent of San Sebastiano (that you can see in the picture reported in Annex 4 – Picture & Historical outline) on the road to the nearby town of Irsina, near the historic centre of Gravina in Puglia (the location is evidenced in the planimetry provided in the here attached Annex 1 – Planimetry). In 2006, the municipal administration carried out an important intervention for requalifying all the area adjacent to the complex giving back to the citizens’ view the ancient Church and Convent and providing new green areas for improving the quality of life. The facilities of the
Nursery will be located within the San Sebastiano complex in the part of the building once reserved to the cells of the nuns (in red in Annex 2 – Nursery + Closter & Educational Room).
Currently these facilities are not utilised and would become fully fit for use through a quite light restructuring intervention that can be summarised as follows:

– vertical closures and exterior fittings;
– interior fittings;
– doors & windows;
– plants.

A provisional detail of the costs for the above mentioned restoring actions is provided here below where costs estimation is provided.
This facilities will be turned into a Nursery for the wildlife. This intervention, carried out in a relevant and visited historical building just a walk out the very historical centre of Gravina, will have a high significance not just as concrete conservation action aimed at the recovery of specimens that differently would die, but also from the educational point of view and for the visibility of the LIFE+ Programme to the general citizenship. The Nursery will be the referring place for all the activities related to the conservation and rescue of specimens of Falco Naumanni,
but also for the possible recovery and first aid intervention towards the wildlife of the area as a whole.

The actions planned both buildings and plant, will guarantee the full functionality of the structure for the purpose it is intended.
In the execution of the works both of installation and plants, as well as supply and installation of components, machinery, equipment and technological equipment, will be respected the requirements contained in laws, legislative provisions and technical regulations applicable.
Will also complied all laws, decrees and ministerial circulars concerning the mechanical and electrical installations and any specific provisions relating to areas and special applications

The Nursery will be furnished with furniture and equipment as follows:
– workbench;
– food refrigerator and cold store;
– cabinet for first aid equipment;
– twelve boxes (1mX1mx60cm) with a net in their upper side to be used for the management of the chicks up to 20-25 days of life.
The 4 facilities which will turn into Nursery will be utilised as follows 1 office for reception, 1 first aid room, 1 “stay in hospital” room, 1 store (see Annex 2).

In the nursery will be active a veterinary implementing periodical controls on the recovered specimens. 4 Aviaries will be arranged in the courtyard (San Sebastiano Closter, coloured in yellow in the Annex 2), where the Falco Naumanni will be transferred in the final phases of the flight and hunting training and/or rehabilitation. Together with the educational room (marked in blue in the Annex 2 – 100 seats’ capacity) the aviaries will constitute the core of the actions to beimplemented within action E.3. – Awareness raising actions towards the schools and the general public (Wildlife Educational Centre in Gravina).

The holding and sanitary management of the Falco Naumanni will be authorised from and conducted in coordination with the Apulia Region in compliance with the laws in force regarding the protected fauna.

The Falco naumanni specimens will be kept just for the time needed for their complete development and/or rehabilitation, that is until they will be able to fly and self-feeding. After this period they will be released into the wild within the same arrival season (August-September).
The Nursery is generally conceived just for the fallen chicks do not presenting specific pathologies or traumas.
So that it is not foreseen the treatment of wounded specimens or in need of particular therapies or interventions. These specimens will be immediately transferred to the Bitetto Regional Wildlife Observatory for which a detailed and ad hoc protocol for collaboration will be signed.
For some unlucky specimens, incapable of flying anymore (so called “irrecoverable”), could be evaluated the possibility of a prolonged protection period within the didactic aviaries in order to inform the visitors of the interventions methodologies applied in the Nursery.
Finally, the destination of all the irrecoverable specimens will be the Bitetto Observatory where other irrecoverable specimens are present. They are usually utilised for future reproduction in captivity programmes aimed at the successive reintroduction/release in suitable areas.

The Nursery will be also equipped with an ecological electrical Panda Rescue Car which will be utilised by the operators for rescuing activities within the project area and – marked with the project, LIFE+ and Natura 2000 Network logo – will give the greatest visibility to the initiative on the territory. The car will be bought by the Municipality of Gravina and given in commodatum to the local LIPU section. A dedicated telephone number will be also activated for signalling chicks or adults of Falco Naumanni and other species in trouble.


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