An ominous bird occupies the minds of Breton farmers: jackdaw, a kind of little crow, a protected species, is more and more widespread in the region and attacks corn crops. On June 19, operators launched « a distress call » to government. France 2 visited them.
« Even at night I see them »explains Patrick Vidélo, a disillusioned farmer who invited elected officials to visit his field, where nothing grows on 30 hectares. He estimates his loss at 40,000 euros. « We are struggling to put crops in place and there is nothing left, everything is devastated ».
In a press release, in June, the Côtes-d’Armor chamber of agriculture estimated the damage of jackdaw for more than 10 years at more than 3 million euros in Côtes-d’Armor and Finistère. In total, more than 1,000 damage reports for all corvids were made in Brittany this year.
Such presence of jackdaw is not usual. This bird comes from the British Isles and likes more on the cliffs than the countryside, but it now thrives by sheltering in particular in chimneys.
But his fate is debated. The species is protected, and exemptions are required to hunt it, although it is expected that 20,000 jackdaws will be killed within two years. Environmental protection associations plead to condemn abandoned chimneys, but also to diversify crops so as not to offer birds as much food.
A study was launched in the spring by the Regional Directorate for the Environment, Planning and Housing of Brittany to study the population distribution, behavior and diet of these corvids.
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