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Aves, 32/1 | 1995 | 1-33

  The Corncrake (Crex crex) in the Fagne and Famenne region, 1990-1994.
Ryelandt, P.

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The present article updates the status and describes the habitats of the Corncrake in the Fagne and Famenne region where, depending on the year, 2 to 50 songsters were recorded. It brings to light the role played, in this region, by the rainfall as a Corncrake "pump". Farming practices, however, thwart any hope of maintaining high numbers. The 1992 infflux saw the species occupying both fertilized and untreated hayfields. The 1993 returns were in territories containing sufficient refuge zones. In 1994, numbers, very low, were in the main confined to young stands of pine, regenerating windfallen woodlots, pasture grazed extensively or hayfields containing boggy fallowland with yellow iris (Iris pseudacorus) and reed (Phragmites australis). Attention is drawn to the measures of preservation which could be applied within the framework of the LIFE project underway during 1995 and 1996 carried out by the organisation, Reserves Naturelles et Ornithologique de Belgique (RNOB).

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