Habitat management for Red–backed Shrike, Lanius collurio, conservation in farmland systems

Fabio Casale, Radames Bionda, Riccardo Falco, Paolo Siccardi, Valentina Toninelli, Diego Rubolini, Mattia Brambilla
  • Fabio Casale
    Fondazione Lombardia per l’Ambiente, Settore Biodiversità e Aree protette, Milano, Italy | rio@sisn.pagepress.org
  • Radames Bionda
    Società di Scienze Naturali del Verbano Cusio Ossola, Baceno (VB), Italy
  • Riccardo Falco
    Fondazione Lombardia per l’Ambiente, Settore Biodiversità e Aree protette, Milano, Italy
  • Paolo Siccardi
    Fondazione Lombardia per l’Ambiente, Settore Biodiversità e Aree protette, Milano, Italy
  • Valentina Toninelli
    Provincia del Verbano Cusio Ossola, Settore Ambiente ed Energia, Verbania, Italy
  • Diego Rubolini
    Università degli Studi di Milano, Dipartimento di Biologia, Sezione Ecologia, Milano, Italy
  • Mattia Brambilla
    Fondazione Lombardia per l’Ambiente, Settore Biodiversità e Aree protette, Milano, Italy

Abstract

The Province of Verbano Cusio Ossola, North-Eastern Piedmont, carried out a LIFE-Nature project during the period 2003-2007. The project focused on a Natura 2000 site, located along the middle course of river Toce. One of the interventions was directed at the conservation of the breeding population of Lanius collurio through dedicated management of lowland hay meadows (with maintenance of unmown portions) and shrublands (with increasing habitat openness in overgrown shrublands). Those interventions resulted an increase in the local breeding population of the species from 9 to 25 pairs in 5 years.

Keywords

Red-backed Shrike, conservation, grasslands, shrubland, habitat management, Natura 2000.

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