Komitee gegen den Vogelmord e.V. Committee Against Bird Slaughter (CABS)

Komitee gegen den Vogelmord e. V.
Committee Against Bird Slaughter (CABS)

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Deutschland – 26. 05. 2024

Protection of harriers in the Rhineland, Germany


Harriers are ground-nesting birds of prey – they build their nests within reeds and meadows, but unfortunately also in grain fields. When the birds return from their wintering grounds, barley and wheat are at just the right height to make attractive breeding habitat. The problem: When the harvest begins in June, many of the young are still not fully fledged and therefore fatally end up under the combine harvesters. To prevent this, we have been organising a harrier protection project in the agricultural landscape of the 'Zülpicher Börde' in Western Germany for 15 years. We look for hidden nests and protect them together with farmers, authorities, and biological stations. This may we´ve found 8 nestes so far.

Read more about our harrier project here ...