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|Authors||Robert Kwak, Ruud van Beusekom, Ruud Foppen, Jip Douwe Kooijmans, Kees de Pater|
|Size||25 x 18 x 2 cm|
|Year Published||november 2018|
The book Endangered Birds in the Netherlands shows that the major changes in our country over the past decades have had enormous effects on the bird populations. In almost all habitats, from the urban area to the marsh, heather and dunes, many species have seriously declined in number, disappeared or are about to disappear from the Netherlands.
The most dramatic is the situation in the farmland. The entire agricultural part of the Netherlands has been on the head since the fifties of the last century. As a result of land consolidation and rationalization in agriculture, thousands of kilometers of wooded banks have been cleared, almost all herb-rich grassland turned into ryegrass and locks were closed and the groundwater level was often drastically reduced. In addition, livestock increased, crops such as rye and barley gave way to corn and artificial fertilizers and pesticides entered the last century. As a result, almost all birds that depend on the farmland are threatened. Their life base has been eroded: the soil life has been decimated and where are the flowers, bees, butterflies and many other insects.
The book gives advice on how to turn the tide
With a series of generic measures, such as the reduction of the use of pesticides and targeted measures at the landscape level, the negative trend can be reversed. This involves, in part, long-term measures such as reducing the dynamics in swamps, but also very simple and directly implementable measures. For example, creating flowery strips along fields and soft banks at ditches.
But also meadow birds such as the national bird, the black-tailed godwit threaten to die out with unchanged policy as a breeding bird in the Netherlands.
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