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North Macedonia’s Stork Villages: where birds and people live side by side

Date posted: 
Thursday, April 18, 2019

Meet the White Storks that live alongside local people.

Villagers ensure powerlines are safe for nesting storks © MES

White Storks Ciconia ciconia are arriving in Europe following their epic migration across the African continent. They have weathered exhaustion, starvation and the threat of hunting, and now all they need is a place to settle down, build their nest and raise their young. But where can they find such a haven? There’s one place where storks are not only protected, but celebrated. Welcome to the district of Cheshinovo-Obleshevo in North Macedonia, a thriving part of Europe’s network of “Stork Villages”.

White storks and people have always had a close bond in this region, read how this bond has developed here.

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