Wetland ecology and marsh birds
Conservation of the great reed warbler in the Netherlands
The great reed warbler used to be a numerous breeding bird in Dutch wetlands, but the species is now almost extinct. We study the causes of the decline, while simultaneously measures are used to improve their habitat. For example, reed fringes are protected with fences to avoid consumption by geese. In addition, trees are removed from the reeds. The projects are being carried out in the Loosdrechtse Plassen and the Northern Randmeren. The research focuses on monitoring reed growth behind fences and the influence of nutrients and water flow on reed development. Also the breeding success, food and habitat preference of great reed warblers are studied and migratory routes are recorded. This project is commissioned by Vogelbescherming Nederland (Birdlife Netherlands). More information (in Dutch) on the website of Birdlife Netherlands.
Lowland Ecology Network
The Lowland Ecology Network is a network of freelancers who focus on ecological research, advice and communication. The emphasis is on nature protection of wetlands at home and abroad. Each participant has specific expertise and as a network we can respond fast and quickly solve complex issues. We are wel connected with experts on subjects such as photography / film, design and nature legislation.
Jan van der Winden
Jan van der Winden Ecology, Research & consultancy
Peter van Horssen
Martin Poot Ecology