Stork protection

The white stork is under strict protection pursuant to the Environment Protection Act, the Bonn, the Bern, and the Ramsar Conventions, and is also mentioned in the so-called Birds Directive of the EU. In spite of friendly attitude displayed by humans, the bird is exposed to many dangers.

Overhead power lines which kill many of those birds are a major concern. The chicks often entangle themselves in plastic lines with which adult birds cushion their nests. Shrinkage of feeding grounds, resulting from making use of the open land, is an alarming phenomenon. Since 1995, the “Protection of the White Stork and its Habitats” program is being implemented all over Poland. Its key element is the protection of endangered stork nests and wetlands for which the bird has become an umbrella or shield species.