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The Whinchat – a meadow-nesting bird under pressure

The Whinchat depends on insect-rich, structured and late-mown meadows as breeding sites. Nowadays, the meadows are mown too early in the lowlands. This is why the Whinchat has disappeared from these areas and is practically only found at higher altitudes in the Jura and the Alps. But there, too, there is increasing pressure on the last intact populations: meadows are increasingly irrigated and fertilised and are mown earlier and earlier. In order for the Whinchat to breed successfully, large meadows are required with a share of at least 60% which is mown late.

Domain Conservation
Unit Agricultural Habitats
Topic Species Recovery, Population Development, Habitat Promotion
Habitat semi-open farmland, meadows and pastures
Project start 2001
Project status ongoing
Project management Claire Lischer
Project region Fribourg, Grisons, Obwalden, Ticino, Uri, Vaud, Valais


Project partner(s)

  • Federal Office for the Environment FOEN
  • BirdLife Schweiz
  • kantonale Fachstellen
  • Regional nature parks
  • Trägerschaften von Vernetzungsprojekten
  • Ökobüros
  • Local organisations and associations
  • local ornithologists and farmers



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Steckbriefe Schwerpunktgebiete für Wiesenbrüter Nord- und Mittelbünden und Engadin (in German)
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Braunkehlchen-Rettung (Nesterschutz im Engadin) (in German)
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Braunkehlchen-Sterben in der Schweiz (Goms VS) (in German)
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Bestandsentwicklung Wiesenbrüter im Val Müstair (in German)
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Leitartenkarte Braunkehlchen (in German)
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Standpunkt Wiesen-Bewässerung und Kulturlandvögel (in German)
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