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!