Old-style vil­lages helping birds

Bird Watching (UK) - - News Wire -

Tra­di­tional style vil­lages may be very im­por­tant for bird con­ser­va­tion, ac­cord­ing to a re­cent Pol­ish study. The study, pub­lished in The Jour­nal of Ap­plied Ecol­ogy, found that old vil­lages and farms had more birds from more species than those built af­ter 1989. The dif­fer­ences were quite marked; in vil­lages with fewer than 10% new build­ings, an av­er­age of 20-25 species were recorded, yet in those with about 50% new build­ings, this fig­ure dropped to fewer than 10 species. The au­thors of the study ad­vo­cate sup­port­ing tra­di­tional farm­ing, and mak­ing mod­ern ar­chi­tec­ture more bio­di­ver­sity friendly.

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