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Autumn migration of shorebirds
In the past three month a lot of species have been appeared on the Böddi-szék because of the favourable water conditions. Avocet (Recurvirostra avosetta), Northern Lapwing (Vanellus vanellus), Spotted Redshank (Tringa erythropus), Ruff (Philomachus pugnax), Wood Sandpiper (Tringa glareola), Dunlin (Calidris alpina) and Curlew Sandpiper (Calidris ferruginea) occurred in highest number. Sporadic and rare birds could have been observed as well.
Record number of Shelduck observed!
Record number of Shelduck have appeared this year in early spring on the Böddi-szék. In the frame of the ornithological monitoring of the project we recorded eighty individuals. Currently, the lake bed is almost filled by water, which creates ideal conditions for waterbirds. Several hundred flocks of ducks and geese are resting on the place, which is a very spectacular natural event.
Water analysis along the Canal V.
The canal V. which intersect Böddi-szék sodic lake is a long canal. The upper section of it collects water from sodic wetlands area of Dunavecse. We made a series of analysis with field equipment along the canal to gain information about the salt content of the water in the canal in the upper section and wanted also to know whether the salt content changes until the canal reaches our project site.
Q Methodology used in socio-economic reserach
In order to assess nature values and land use types of the farmers and stakeholders, the socio-economic research group introduced Q Methodology which a research method used in social sciences to study people's "subjectivity"—that is, their viewpoint. Informants were asked to organize photos about management, landscape, nature values at sodic lakes according their attitude to the topic of the photo. On the left side of the raster the un-liked, while on the right side of the raster the most liked photos were positioned.
Semi-structured interviewes with farmers and stakeholders
Semi-structured interviewes were made with farmers and stakeholders on field in order to gather an overall view about the effects of different land use types and methods to the socio-economic development of sodic wetlands, to collect management-models and to give possible guidance to local farmers, land use managers, decision makers in order to facilitate a harmonized land use management both economically an ecologically at the sodic lake area of the Kiskunság.
Eco-touristic survey in the frame of the socio-economic research
Questionnaires about ecotourism were filled in in great amount to gain information about the tourists’ requirements of eco-touristic development at sodic lakes of Kiskunság, but first of all at the project site.
Biomass reduction for making the areas suitable for grazing
Mowing and shredding are important methods to be used in early autumn in the larger reedbed mixed with alkali bulrush on the project site. Because of the lack of precipitation in September, the dry soil surface allowed the approach of the marshy areas by the tractor. This activity is managed by the project partner Dunatáj Public Foundation, and is effectively fulfilled by the tractor purchased from Life sources.
The lakebed dried out this year
This year, as a natural prosess and essential event in the hydrology of a sodic pan, the lakebed of the Böddi-szék has dried out during the long warm and dry period of the late summer. The regular drying out is the basis of the salt accumulation process which is crucial element in the soil conditions of the sodic pan. On the surface with high salt content grows one of the most important, characteristic plant species of the Pannonian halophyte flora: Suaeda pannonica. This pannon endemic species is abundant at Böddi-szék.
Salt-tolerant Moss at Böddi-szék
A salt-tolerant moss species was found at Böddi-szék. Enthostodon hungaricus is a rare and protected Moss species, it represents charachter species of the halophyte vegetation.
Early-Spider orchid was found
Early Spider-orchid (Ophrys sphegodes) was found at Böddi-szék. The occurrence of this strictly protected species means floristically new data on the project area. The orchid was found during habitat mapping in loess steppic vegetation. Its presence indicates the high naturalness of the vegetation.
XIII. Nature Conservation Seminar, Túrkeve
The seminar was organised by Nimfea Nature Protection Association, in Túrkeve, Hungary. The aim of the seminar was to have an overview on the practical experiences and results of the Hungarian Life-Nature projects and other species conservational plans. Our project was presented by András Bankovics, project manager.

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Kiskunság National Park Directorate

Bankovics András
project manager

Phone: +36-30/555-11-71

E-mail address: bankovicsa@knp.hu