- Hans Weber
- December 6, 2023
Volunteers in the Czech Republic Save Young Fawns from Farming Equipment with Drones
In a bid to combat the alarming number of young fawns losing their lives due to farming equipment and human apathy, volunteer groups have emerged across the Czech Republic. One such group, Zachraň srnče před sekačkou (Save the Fawns from the Mower), founded by Irena Křesáková, is dedicated to rescuing fawns from the dangers of mowing machinery. These dedicated volunteers traverse fields prior to tractor mowing, meticulously searching for fawns concealed in tall grass.
Recognizing the severity of the issue, other groups have joined the cause. A team of volunteers from central Bohemia has recently incorporated drones equipped with thermal cameras into their efforts. These drones can detect the heat signatures of living beings, enabling the volunteers to locate fawns hidden in the fields. Once identified, the fawns are promptly removed from harm’s way before the tractors commence mowing. This innovative approach has significantly enhanced the rescue process, resulting in the successful saving of over 100 fawns within a single month.
Despite the commendable progress made by these volunteer groups, the problem of fawn deaths persists due to negligence and indifference. To truly make a difference, increased awareness and action are crucial. The volunteers of Zachraň srnče před sekačkou and similar groups are actively combating this issue, but they require broader support to achieve lasting change.
Fawns in the Czech Republic are primarily born in overgrown meadows from mid-May, where their mothers seek shelter. When sensing danger, these young animals instinctively remain motionless on the ground. While this behavior is effective against predators, it proves fatal when confronted with farming machinery.
Křesáková, driven by her chance encounter with a report highlighting the issue, founded Zachraň srnče před sekačkou with the determination to make a difference. In an interview, she expressed hope that the group’s efforts would inspire others to take action. The volunteers often have to wait until the mowing process concludes before releasing the fawns back into the wild. Although the use of drones has improved efficiency, the volunteers invest significant effort to ensure the safety of these vulnerable creatures.
Rescuing young fawns in the Czech Republic transcends mere individual animal welfare. It aims to raise awareness and encourage collective action. With the continued dedication of individuals like Křesáková and her team, there is hope that this pressing issue can be confronted, saving countless young lives from premature demise.
Article by Prague Forum