Benefits of the European Agri-Environment Schemes for Wintering Lapwings : A Case Study from Rice Fields in the Mediterranean Region

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Fraixedas , S , Burgas , D , Robson , D , Camps , J & Barriocanal , C 2020 , ' Benefits of the European Agri-Environment Schemes for Wintering Lapwings : A Case Study from Rice Fields in the Mediterranean Region ' , Waterbirds , vol. 43 , no. 1 , pp. 86-93 . https://doi.org/10.1675/063.043.0109

Title: Benefits of the European Agri-Environment Schemes for Wintering Lapwings : A Case Study from Rice Fields in the Mediterranean Region
Author: Fraixedas, Sara; Burgas, Daniel; Robson, David; Camps, Joachim; Barriocanal, Carles
Other contributor: University of Helsinki, Helsinki Institute of Sustainability Science (HELSUS)

Date: 2020-03
Language: eng
Number of pages: 8
Belongs to series: Waterbirds
ISSN: 1524-4695
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1675/063.043.0109
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/320226
Abstract: Mediterranean European rice fields provide important habitats for migrating waterbirds. In winter. one waterbird species that particularly benefits from rice fields is the Northern Lapwing (VaneIlus vanellas), a species threatened in Europe. To assess the effect of agii-environmental measures on rice field selection and use by wintering lapwings, bird counts were conducted in northeastern Spain during two consecutive winters (2005-2006 and 2006-2007). Information on two mandatory post-harvest management prescriptions of the agri-environment schemes was collected, namely winter flooding (percent ground surface covered by water) and whether fields were rolled or not. The number of lapwings in rolled fields was significantly higher compared to non-rolled fields. For instance. an average rolled field with 50% water cover (percentage at which lapwing abundance more or less peaked) would host an estimated 12.03 +/- 0.52 SE lapwings versus 0.18 +/- 0.58 in a non-rolled field. While the maximum abundance of lapwings in rolled fields was found at an intermediate percentage of water cover (about 25 to 75%), the number of lapwings increased steadily with water cover in non-rolled fields. Rice post-harvest practices derived from the agri-environment schemes are beneficial for biodiversity, promoting the conservation of suitable habitats for waterbirds.
Subject: Agri-environmental measures
lapwing
Mediterranean
post-harvest management
rice
waterbirds
MIGRATORY WATERBIRDS
VANELLUS-VANELLUS
LIMOSA-LIMOSA
CONSERVATION
HABITAT
MANAGEMENT
WATERFOWL
WETLANDS
AREAS
DECOMPOSITION
1172 Environmental sciences
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