Isabellapolder Demonstration Site (Belgium)

The Isabellapolder demonstration site is situated next to the Dutch border in the north of the East Flanders province. It is a flat and open landscape with ditches, hedges, tall trees and small and larger watercourses.

Lees nederlandse versie

The area is 569 hectares with a total of 56 farmers present. Eleven farmsteads are located in the area. There are already some agri-environmental schemes in place: bird seed mixes and grass margins provide some winter and summer food and breeding habitat for farmland birds. Common crops are cereals (winter wheat), arable crops (sugar beet and potatoes), maize and grassland. The farms mostly grow mixed arable crops and have livestock and/or pigs.


In the PARTRIDGE project we are working to provide more high quality habitat for partridge and other farmland birds. The focus will be on improved bird seed mixes, sown at suitable locations in the field. We will also improve the quality of the existing environmental schemes.

A farmer cluster will join farmers and hunters who are concerned with the management on the terrain. This farmer cluster group will be actively involved in the project, discuss habitat and wildlife management on the terrain, propose and implement new solutions to benefit grey partridges and other farmland wildlife.
The recovery of farmland bird numbers, game species and some ecosystem services are followed closely by standardized monitoring protocols.

The local hunters are responsible for the winter feeding and predator control in the area, and provide extra high-quality habitat for partridges. They also participate in the standardized monitoring of game species.


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Project calendar for Isabellapolder

Mid-term results (English)

Mid-term results (Dutch)

Contact details

Habitat measures and experiments: Catherine Vanden Bussche +3250458135
Farmer cluster group and farm walks: Korneel Verslyppe  +32470363101
Winter feeding and predator control: Kathleen Vanhuyse +3222420045