of the hedge
under threat !
They are invaluable aids for our agriculture and include pollinating insects and predatory birds which attack the pests.
There are also salamanders, lizards, snakes, hedgehogs, hoopoes, warblers, nuthatches and red-backed shrikes (which impale their prey on thorns).
In our preserved hedgerows you will see :
The sparrows, chased by the hawk, the buzzard, the goshawk, the kestrel, (symbol of the department), the barn owl, and the long-eared owl.
..And then the cardamine pratensis (the cuckoo flower), the lathraea clandestina (the purple toothwort), the anacamptis morio (the green-winged orchid), the hawthorn and the blackthorn, which are so pretty in the spring.
..And then again the roebuck, the woodpecker and the yellow-bellied toad.
..And then lastly near to the ponds and brooks:
The grey heron and the kingfisher under the majestic flight of grey cranes migrating to Africa ...
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