A brighter future for the critically endangered Sociable Lapwing: Necessary stop-over web site receives additional safety


For years, UzSPB has been combating arduous to strengthen the safety of this chook species in addition to the Talimarzhan reservoir, an Necessary Bird and Biodiversity Space (IBA) within the Southeast of the nation. In 2021, the victory: a brand-new protected space will make the Sociable Lapwings life just a little simpler.

“Uzbekistan is known for its hospitality and respect for company. For UzSPB, Critically Endangered Sociable Lapwing is a VIP visitor within the Kashkadarya area on the Talimarzhan reservoir.”

Oleg Kashkarov, UzSPB

Throughout the two-year challenge, UzSPB developed and examined the primary ever Sociable Lapwing Monitoring Programme on the species migratory stopover Talimarzhan reservoir in Uzbekistan. This challenge provides to a few years of labor to guard and restore the inhabitants of the globally threatened Sociable Lapwing, supported by Swarovski Optik KG and the BirdLife Stopping Extinctions Programme.

The programme included each day counts within the coastal space of Talimarzhan and route counts to the east of the reservoir with a size of 33-55 km every. The monitoring allowed UzSPB to gather knowledge on Sociable Lapwing numbers, distribution and threats on the migratory stopover web site.

Sociable Plover, copyright Angus Hogg, from the surfbirds galleries

On the peak of the species migration in autumn 2020 and 2021, the challenge staff recorded over 4,200 Sociable Lapwings on the reservoir. This equals to 26% of its international inhabitants, and successfully making the Talimarzhan reservoir an important stopover web site in Central Asia and one of the vital vital globally for this uncommon species.

Nevertheless, the monitoring confirmed that on the identical time hundreds of sheep and goats are current alongside the shoreline of the reservoir, inflicting uncontrolled overgrazing in probably the most favorable areas for the birds. The disturbance attributable to the unregulated motion of the grazing animals, the deteriorated high quality of the habitat, in addition to the fishing nets deserted in locations of this species’ focus have been recorded as the apparent threats to the species at Talimarzhan.

The proof from the Sociable Lapwing Monitoring Programme in 2020-2021 and the evaluation of the species habitat couldn’t have been clearer: the Talimarzhan reservoir wanted to urgently kickstart conservation actions if we wish this species to thrive.

After partaking with the native administration and scientific proof going forwards and backwards, UzSPB and Sociable Lapwing caretakers managed to convey the Species Motion Plan for Sociable Lapwing at Talimarzha to the hokim’s, or mayor’s, desk. The motion plan will assist cut back disturbance and enhance circumstances of the species feeding and resting locations within the coastal zone of the wetland, introduce management over the livestock grazing and watering in the course of the species autumn migration, conduct common monitoring, and lift consciousness concerning the species and web site conservation.

In December 2021, the brand new protected space of 4,142ha of the Talimarzhan sanctuary opened its pure doorways.

“Now native individuals and administration alongside the shoreline of the reservoir take excellent care of this species. At Talimarzhan, the shortage of official safety of this uncommon chook is now solely a nasty reminiscence.”

Oleg Kashkarov, UzSPB

“The work carried out by our colleagues in Uzbekistan is an indicator of a scientific and complete effort for the conservation of this uncommon chook. For the members and contributors of our worldwide working group, this can be a vital consequence,” concludes Ruslan Urazaliyev, the coordinator of the Sociable Lapwing Challenge from ACBK, BirdLife’s Kazakh Accomplice.

Due to the work of the UzSPB, the Sociable Lapwings future is now just a little bit brighter.


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