Ongoing hay harvesting in the Basses Vallées Angevines (Lower Anjou Valleys) Traditional mowing in the Moyenne Vallée de l'Oise
Dawn in the Basses Vallées Angevines (Lower Anjou Valleys) A Corncrake
The Basses Vallées Angevines near Cheffes A meadow destroyed by growing corn A meadow partly destroyed by poplar stands, partly retained for hay harvesting G. Mourgaud (LPO Anjou) and a captured Corncrake

Understanding the decline of the species

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Loss of breeding habitats and degradation

The decline of the Corncrake in France is mainly due to the disappearance of wet meadows in alluvial valleys. These grasslands are often drained and converted to growing corn or poplars. Indeed, the future of permanent meadows is highly dependent on the CAP. If the CAP does not continue its (...)


Intensification of grassland management

The intensification of grassland use varies from region to region. Measures such as drainage, flood control and fertilization allow ever earlier mowing. The more frequent dry conditions in Spring in the Loire Valley tend to alter plant cover and encourage farmers to use intensive inputs, (...)


Conservation measures which are too ineffective

Survival of the Corncrake depends directly on management measures implemented on all of its breeding sites. Conservation measures in the national restoration plan, which are particularly based on agri-environmental measures, envisage the retention of alluvial grasslands and their relevant (...)