Wetzlar (dpa / lhe) - The population of the white stork continues to increase in Hesse. According to the Nabu Hessen, 1075 pairs were observed in their breeding nationwide this year. That is 65 more than in the previous year. In total, the imposing birds raised a little more than 2000 young animals. The entire stock is thus secured, the environmental organization announced on Thursday in Wetzlar.
Over the past century, populations have been declining at an alarming rate due to environmental degradation. Efforts to save the white stork began in the 1970s. Shortly before the turn of the millennium, the first animals settled in southern Hesse again.