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Record number 382611
Title Do meadow birds profit from agri-environment schemes in Dutch agricultural landscapes?
Author(s) Breeuwer, A.J.G.; Berendse, F.; Willems, F.; Foppen, R.; Teunissen, W.; Schekkerman, H.; Goedhart, P.W.
Source Biological Conservation 142 (2009)12. - ISSN 0006-3207 - p. 2949 - 2953.
Department(s) Plant Ecology and Nature Conservation
Centre for Ecosystem Studies
PRI Biometris
Wageningen Environmental Research
Publication type Refereed Article in a scientific journal
Publication year 2009
Keyword(s) godwit limosa-limosa - farmland - biodiversity - intensification - management - abundance - success
Abstract Since 1992 the European Union helps member states to reverse the loss of biodiversity in agricultural landscapes by the financial support of agri-environment schemes. Long-term studies investigating the effects of these schemes are an essential prerequisite for the development of an effective policy to restore biodiversity on farmland. In Dutch meadow landscapes almost all agri-environment schemes focus on the restoration of meadow bird populations by postponement of the mowing date. Between 1990 and 2002 we measured long-term changes in meadow bird densities in areas with and without agri-environment schemes in the Netherlands, both before and after the start of the contract. During these years bird territories were surveyed during five field visits between 15 March and 15 June. Densities of black-tailed godwit (Limosa limosa), and redshank (Tringa totanus) were higher in the areas with management agreements, but these differences were already present before the start of the contracts. After the start of the management contracts densities of black-tailed godwit and oystercatcher (Haematopus ostralegus) did not increase, while those of lapwing (Vanellus vanellus) and redshank even declined relative to the control areas. It is concluded that the current agri-environment schemes are not sufficient to restore meadow bird populations in Dutch agricultural landscapes. In addition to the prescribed postponement of the mowing date, it is probably necessary to raise groundwater levels and to reduce fertilization to allow for the development of an open vegetation structure that will increase chick survival to sufficiently high levels
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