The partridge's last refuge

By Christian BlockLex Kleren Switch to German for original article

The last records of the "Feldhong" in Luxembourg can be counted on one hand. In cooperation with agriculture, the SIAS Biological Station is trying to preserve the bird species. Initial results sound promising. But it remains uncertain whether the rescue effort will succeed.

A handful of degrees above zero, persistent rain. The cold, wet weather this morning seems to be too much even for the umbrella. It collapses unexpectedly.

The on-site visit with the Syndicat intercommunal à vocation multiple (Intercommunal Association of Multiple Vocations) SIAS, takes us to the surroundings of Schuttrange. On a country lane, Doris Bauer points to fields and meadows that seem to stretch to the horizon. The landscape could easily be reproduced across the country and is best described by the adjective stripped. It is the result of decades of intensification of agricultural land and production.

The vanishing of hedgerows, herbaceous borders and tall grass, coupled with an insect decline due to the use of pesticides, turned out to be a fatal mix for the partridge (Perdix perdix). In Luxembourg, the population is considered to be threatened with extinction.

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