Study of the evolution and attractiveness of the ground vegetation

Sites involved in the action

The Basses Vallées Angevines, Moyenne vallée de la Charente and the Moyenne vallée de l’Oise.

Objective

Identifying and providing practical improvements for grassland management practices, essential for maintaining suitable ground vegetation for the Corncrake and improving the conservation status of the species.

Description

The initial methodology is not the same on the Angevins, Picards and Charentais sites. It will therefore highlight the common and relevant points to assess and improve the specifications of agri-environmental measures about ground vegetation management within the alluvial floodplains hosting the Corncrake.
Parameters analysed: density, height, heterogeneity of vegetation.

In a second step, these diagnoses will be analysed to identify a single standardized methodology and propose as a tool for all French Corncrake’s breeding sites.

Results expected

This action should result in:

• 3 local studies of ground vegetation suitable for the Corncrake;
• 1 study showing a standardized methodology and duplicable on all national sites;
• concrete proposals to improve best practices and specifications in agri-environment measures;
• the involment of nearly 60 farmers to achieve 150 plots equivalent to 400 hectares under management conservation.

Râle des genêts
Credits E. Barbelette

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