Let’s leave a share for our meadow birds
By Sylviane Gilmont, Wed, 27/05/2015 – 13:04
The decline of numerous farmland bird species is alarming in Belgium, as it is across the rest of Europe. Even well known and previously abundant species like the Tree Sparrow and Yellowhammer have been vanishing from fields and meadows. This is happening partly because conventional farming practices have transformed natural landscapes across the continent, but also because barren fields tend to be left behind in winter, leaving birds so little to eat they starve. This has been the inspiration for Natagora’s Farine Mélodieuse project, where a farmer is helping birds struggling to survive the long cold winter months by leaving a share of his wheat harvest on the field for birds.
The name Farine Mélodieuse (Melodious Flour), comes from the Linotte Mélodieuse (Common Linnet), a familiar meadowland species…
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