Demand for cereals in Spain threatens birds

The increasing demand for cereals in Spain and the EU is threatening birds associated with farming habitats. This has been heightened by the Ministry of Agriculture following the decision of the EU to eliminate temporarily the rule requiring EU farmers to leave 10% of their land fallow. Fallow land plays an essential role in preserving bird biodiversity. Much of the rise in prices is due to the demand for biofuels, bad weather and soaring demand. SEO/BirdLife has asked national and regional authorities to respect fallow areas at least in the high value natural areas such as those of Red Natura 2000. (SEO)

partridge stubble

Red partridge in wheat stubble from here