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Aves, 53/2 | 2016 | 83-97

  Conservation of Corncrake Crex crex in Wallonia: current situation, 20 years after a LIFE project,
and action proposals
Jean-Yves Paquet & Antoine Derouaux

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In 1983, a Corncrake Crex crex breeding population was discovered in the Fagne-Famenne, a grassland-rich region of Wallonia (Southern Belgium). This discovery led to a Corncrake conservation project, based on nature reserve implementation, funded by the EU and Wallonia from 1994 to 2001. Twenty years later, this breeding population is still holding on, with a low and fluctuant number of singing males (about only 5 to 10 a year). The males are appearing relatively late in the season (June to early July), probably as a result of a displacement after a first breeding attempt. However, several clues suggest that pairing and even brood rearing can still occur. The success of breeding depends on local actions to delay mowing in occupied hay meadow. An action scheme is proposed, building upon positive experiences in other areas, to enhance Corncrake breeding population in Wallonia. Targeting a selection of Natura 2000 sites in the Fagne-Famenne, this scheme aims to maintain/increase the offer of unmowed meadows in June, thanks to agri-environmental schemes and the development of the protected area network, and to give the best possible conditions for successful fledging of young Corncrakes.

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