Ramskapelle Demonstration Site (Belgium)The Ramskapelle demonstration site is situated in the north of the province West Flanders. It is a flat and open landscape with some hedges, reed strips along ditches and small and larger watercourses.
The area is 499 hectares with a total of 28 farmers. Eleven farmsteads are located in the area. There are already a lot of 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), sugar beet, potatoes and flax. Mostly arable farms, some are mixed and a few have livestock, pigs and one poultry farm.
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 group will join farmers and hunters concerned with the management of 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.
For more information visit:
Habitat measures: Bram Conings Bram.Conings@vlm.be +3250458148
Farmer cluster group: Korneel Verslyppe Korneel.Verslyppe@agrobeheercentrum.be +32470363101
Habitat experiments and farm walks: Willem Vancolen email@example.com +3251273200
Winter feeding and predator control: Kathleen Vanhuyse firstname.lastname@example.org +3222420045
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