Identifying set-aside features for bird conservation and management in northeast Iberian pseudo-steppes

  • Published source details Mcmahon B.J., Giralt D., Raurell M., Brotons L. & Bota G. (2010) Identifying set-aside features for bird conservation and management in northeast Iberian pseudo-steppes. Bird Study, 59, 289.


This study is summarised as evidence for the following.

Action Category

Provide or retain set-aside areas in farmland

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Bird Conservation
  1. Provide or retain set-aside areas in farmland

    A study in April-May 2004 and 2005 (Mcmahon et al. 2010), found that four birds of conservation concern were all found on set-aside on 210 fields in pseudo-steppe farmland in Catalonia, Spain. Little bustards Tetrax tetrax were found on 23-50% of fields within their range at densities of 0.3-0.8 birds/ha (68 fields surveyed in 2004, 86 in 2005), Eurasian thick-knee on 43-52% at 0.4-0.6 birds/ha (93 fields in 2004, 117 in 2005), short-toed larks Calandrella brachydactyla on 28-32% at 0.2-0.4 birds/ha (50 fields in 2004, 64 in 2005) and calandra larks Melanocorphya calandra on 27-34% at 0.4-0.7 birds/ha (93 fields in 2004, 117 in 2005). Only male bustards were recorded, due to problems surveying cryptic females.

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