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Sport for bird protectors, "cemeteries are of true species conservatories"

14:35  17 april  2021
14:35  17 april  2021 Source:   leparisien.fr

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Selon Lucile Bourgeais « c’est la première fois qu’un programme concerne aussi bien la flore que la faune, les mammifères que les oiseaux ou les chiroptères à une telle échelle. » DR. © provided by the Parisian according to Lucile Bourgeais "This is the first time a program concerns both flora and wildlife, mammals than birds or chiroptera to such a scale. Dr.

Lucile Bourgeais, Pedagogical League League League (LPO) Ile-de-France and Emmanuel du Chérimont, Regional Delegate of the LPO, highlight the unprecedented nature of the study conducted since last year by the Regional Biodiversity Agency of Ile-de-France (ARB) and to which their association participates, in 45 cemeteries of the region.

What is the interest of this study for you?

Lucile Bourgeais. "It's the protection of biodiversity. But to protect something, you have to know it. This is the purpose of this long-term study, which extends to birds. For years, LPO has been conducting actions to identify animal species in the green spaces of the region. We also have monthly nature outings in cemeteries. But this is the first time a program concerns both flora and wildlife, mammals as birds or chiroptera on such a scale. "

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" We already have a good knowledge of the state of certain cemeteries, especially the Parisian cemeteries, "says Emmanuel du Chérimont. Dr.

Do you know what to expect?

Emmanuel of the Cheerrimont. "Attention, we do not leave anything. We already have a good knowledge of the state of certain cemeteries, especially the Parisian cemeteries, that they are intramuros or in the suburbs, as in Ivry-sur-Seine, Thiais (Val-de-Marne), Bagneux (high -De-Seine) or Pantin (Seine-Saint-Denis) for example. The upcoming counts should confirm some very encouraging data. »

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e.d.c. "We have already had surprises. In Bagneux, a thirty breeding birds were spotted and the presence or passage of a lot of raptors: the most common, the cresereal hawk but also the Hobereau falcon or the hawk, which needs large territories to hunt. In Ivry, we have owls hulottes; In Thiais, foxes ... Similarly, more than 1,000 orchids distributed in eight species have been identified in that of Bagneux. In three or four years, we will know if the animal populations are growing, stable or declining. We can not quantify it precisely but we will have an idea of ​​the state of the living in the cemeteries.

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concretely what will be the next step?

e.d.c. "The development of cemeteries to promote biodiversity. There is a lot of work to be done with the public. His gaze must change. A somewhat wild cemetery is not necessarily abandoned, for example. Similarly, the presence of bats is a sign of good health. Moreover, we must finish with the urban legend, which wants them to be in the hair: their detection system is so sensitive that it is impossible. »

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L.B. "Everything is bound. The presence of flowers, insects, birds, mammals ... Cemeteries are true species conservatories. As the cemetery managers, we have a huge job of pedagogy to do but it is quite possible. When we explain to people the interest of having some wasteland, a little wild aspect in a cemetery, it goes. It is necessary to reconcile the uses, find a happy medium. In a cemetery, we touch the mourning, that there is more sensitive, more intimate. What could be disturbed the upcoming statements campaign?

L.B. "The health situation, without a doubt. To conduct the study, we need volunteers. However, these operations are done at specific times, in April and end of June. A new very strict confinement would be a problem. Fewer observations, it's less data and therefore, the risk of distorting the results. »

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