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Web site updated by Ken Hall.Example from this site taken 3/04/06 ;-
Bee-eaters
A study of the Bee-eater population of their area carried out by the LPO-Vienne group has recently been published in their report, L'Outarde (No. 43). Although the bulk of the breeding range of this most attractive of summer visitors lies around the Mediterranean, there has been a steady increase in the number of colonies appearing further north. The first colony in the Vienne department was discovered in 1993, when 12 pairs were located by the River Gartempe (which lies between La Brenne and Poitiers). The banks of this river still hold the majority of the colonies of the area, although sand-pits and quarries provide alternative suitable habitat. Although over the years the numbers of birds has fluctuated quite widely, the overall trend has been upward, with a peak of 57 pairs located in 2005. Inevitably the nesting habitat in active quarries and sand-pits is affected by their commercial exploitation, although the LPO works closely with the various owners wherever possible to minimise the effects on the birds. The colonies along the various rivers are strongly associated with the proximity of cattle-grazed pastures close by, where the cattle come to the river to drink and help create bare banks into which the Bee-eaters can excavate their nesting burrows. As long as the meadows remain closely grazed then they will even dig their burrows in the ground out in the open, but colonies are often abandoned where the cattle are moved away and the sites become overgrown. To find out more about the birds and habitats of this area, see the website of the LPO-Vienne group (http://vienne.lpo.fr), which has recently gone on-line.

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