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Aves, 52/1 | 2015 | 29-44

  The continuous decline of the Corn Bunting Emberiza calandra in Wallonia; findings and prospects for conservation
Thierry Ory, Philippe Hermand, Thierri Walot, Antoine Derouaux & Jean-Yves Paquet

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After a steep decline in the surrounding regions, the cultivated zones of northern Wallonia, and of Hesbaye in particular, are the final bastion of the Corn Bunting Emberiza calandra in Benelux. Between 2010 and 2014 targeted inventories were conducted using two complementary methods to clarify the population’s status, to describe recent changes in populations and to provide data that may help improve the measures in place to safeguard the local population.Over the period 2010-2014, the actual population in Wallonia is estimated at about 600 territories (310-900), being more and more concentrated in the area of Hesbaye. The decline of this species goes on: between 2007 and 2014 the range of the Corn Bunting has decreased by more than 50 %, while more than 55 % of the population has disappeared.However the decline is less marked in Hesbaye, which is now home to the final population centre. Thus it is in this region that urgent action is needed, so as to try to improve local conditions both in the breeding season and during winter. The possible contribution of the agri-environmental program is discussed.

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