NEWS   07-05-2022

Open space. Our landscape. Our gold! Field visit farmland birds in Raard.

The meadows are full of young farmland bird at the moment. Because it did not rain for a long time, the upper part of the soil has dried out and has become a hard layer. Therefore, birds cannot access food. An artificial pond that creates a soggy area is a good means to address the problem. The FNP group in the Frisian Parliament came to Raard this weekend. We were able to see with our own eyes how effective agricultural environment management can be.

"Water for our farmland birds" (Thom Feddema)

Agricultural environment management: valuable


Agricultural environment management is nature conservation that suits our community, that is done by our farmers and with our farmers. In cooperation with bird observatories and collectives of farmers, and also on the leased grounds of nature conservation organisations. On these meadows dry manure from the direct surrounding is spread out. That is by far the best solution for the quality of the soil. It attracts many insects and that is preferred food for the farmland birds. 


Water for the farmland birds


For managing water and the landscape FNP wants an approach that is favourable for farmland birds. This type of creating soggy areas with a solar power pump works very well. On this type of soil (a layer of clay on top of peat) not just the ditches are wet, but the whole plot is soggy. And as a consequence, it is very suitable for the birds. Moreover, it is also good for the preservation of the soil and for reducing CO2-emissions in these peat meadows. 


A little gem


A lot of young birds already left their egg and are able to fly already. The shells with remnants of the cuticle are proof. Other birds are still breeding. Local bird conservers invite school students to come with them to the meadows or visit school classes to share their passion for nature. 


We saw that the farmers' collective 'De Waadrâne' succeeded with this local initiative to create a genuine ‘paradise for farmland birds'. It houses 25 pair of black-tailed godwits, 10 pair of lapwings, 9 pair of redshanks and many more other species on an area of just 7 hectares. Superb! Thank you very much for an extremely great field visit!

Tags: Bioferskaat, Natuer en lanskip


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