Le projet LIFE Prairies Bocagères

Quelques 150 hectares de prairies fleuries à restaurer en l’espace de 7 ans.
Tel est le défi du projet LIFE Prairies bocagères !

7 années pour protéger, planter, creuser, faucher et refaçonner nos paysages d’antan.
7 années pour tenter de préserver six espèces menacées d’extinction.
7 années pour mettre en place la gestion récurrente compatible avec les pratiques agricoles actuelles.
7 années pour sensibiliser le public à cet univers fascinant que sont les prairies bocagères.

Un patrimoine naturel et culturel auquel nous tenterons de redonner ses couleurs d’autrefois !

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Summary

Some 150 hectares of flowering meadows to restore within 7 years. This is the challenge of the project "LIFE Prairies bocagères". 7 years to protect, plant, dig, mow and shape back our landscape as it was before. 7 years to preserve six endangered species. 7 years to develop a management consistent with current agricultural practices. 7 years to raise awareness of this fascinating world that are hay meadows, a natural and cultural heritage to which we'll try returning the colors of yesterday. Shaped over the centuries by agriculture, our countryside was once a living environment extremely rich in species. Those landscapes were managed extensively and strewed with hedges, ponds, orchards. But all that wealth has declined sharply. Indeed, deep changes in agriculture have been implemented. To produce more and faster, plots have been enlarged, hedges uprooted, ponds and orchards removed. Moreover, farmers began to use fertilizers and mowed precociously. Today, only a few fragments of grassland still welcome such biodiversity. The situation truly is worrisome... Natagora, associated with Virelles-Nature, has decided to develop the project "LIFE Prairies bocagères". Its objectives are to restore hay meadows along with several other micro-habitats (hedges, ponds, embankments, orchards...) and to protect six animal species associated to those. LIFE (The Financial Instrument for the Environment) is the EU's financial instrument supporting environmental and nature conservation projects throughout the Europe. In particular, LIFE - Nature projects aim to restore and conserve endangered natural habitats and species of the EU through the Natura 2000 ecological network. The project "LIFE Prairies bocagères" is an ambitious program that will attempt:

- to establish a network of 150 hectares of meadows of high ecological value;

- to develop the grove associated with this network, focusing on the habitat of the following six species:

- and to maintain those landscapes on the long term. The project will focus on 10 Natura 2000 sites, located between Chimay and Rochefort, in Fagne and Famenne in south of Belgium.

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