Dawn in the Basses Vallées Angevines (Lower Anjou Valleys) A male Corncrake defining its territory Inondation sur la moyenne vallée de l'Oise The Basses Vallées Angevines near Cheffes
A meadow partly destroyed by poplar stands, partly retained for hay harvesting Testing the “friendly bar” mower in Normandy Direct destruction of breeding habitat by planting poplar G. Mourgaud compiling biometric data (LPO Anjou)
Ongoing hay harvesting in the Basses Vallées Angevines (Lower Anjou Valleys) Dawn in the Moyenne Vallée de l'Oise (Central Oise Valley)

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 (...)