publication . Doctoral thesis . 2009

Breeding birds on organic and conventional arable farms

Kragten, Steven;
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  • Published: 02 Dec 2009
  • Publisher: Faculty of Science, Leiden University
  • Country: Netherlands
Abstract
As a result of agricultural intensification, farmland bird populations have been declining dramatically over the past decades. Organic farming is often mentioned to be a possible solution to stop these declines. In order to see whether farmland birds really benefit from organic farming a study was carried out comparing breeding bird densities, breeding success and bird food abundance between organic and conventional arable farms in Flevoland, the Netherlands. skylark (Alauda arvensis) and lapwing were both found in higher densities on organic farms, but for other species no differences were found. Differences in skylark densities were caused by relative large ar...
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Medical Subject Headings: animal diseases
free text keywords: Arable farming, Barn swallow, Breeding birds, Breeding success, Invertebrates, Lapwing, Nest protection, Organic farming, Skylark
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