Loire-Atlantique: who killed this protected bird and ransacked a nest by razing the grass of a ditch?

The bird was found dead on April 29, at the edge of this ditch which suffered a mowing, while it is in a protected area. ©LPO

On April 29, 2022, a dead warbler and a decapitated nest were found in a forest yet classified as a Special Protection Zone (SPA) and Natura 2000, in Brains (Loire Atlantique).

The League for the Protection of Birds (LPO) is indignant at the damage done by roadside and ditch maintenance sites, denouncing “these deadly and irresponsible practices”.

“Often the argument of safety for motorists is brandished, mentions the LPO in a press release. There, this cleaning action took place on paths which are not authorized for motor vehicles, except agricultural machinery. »

The LPO is awaiting the report of the French Office for Biodiversity and announces that you want to file a complaintnot being able to “admit that protected species are thus destroyed”, this in this full season of nesting and while “we are at the dawn of the 6and extinction, as many scientists explain.

“It’s been going on for years”

“It’s been going on for years,” says Philippe Bresemeursecretary and administrator of the LPO.

As a general rule, the difficulty is that you don’t often see this damage, you can’t prove it because a dead bird only stays for two or three hours. Afterwards, it is eaten by magpies or crows, which are moreover often the target of destruction while they are also the ones who collect the carcasses and do the cleaning.

Philippe Bresemeur
A ransacked nest. ©LPO

Contacted, the municipality of Brains and Nantes Métropole indicate that they are not responsible for these acts.

According to Philippe Doineaumanager of the road maintenance teams at the south-west center of Nantes Métropole, “reasoned mowing has been in place for more than ten years, and it only concerns the approaches to roads concerned by the imperative need for road safety”.

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The mowing of ditches is only practiced between October and February, outside the nesting period.

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