VAN REISEN J (2017) Dynamics of breeding numbers and distribution of Meadow Pipit in a coastal dune area. LIMOSA 90 (1): 34-40.
Territories of Meadow Pipit were mapped in Berkheide, a 940
ha coastal nature reserve near Katwijk, Zuid-Holland (52.18°
N, 4.38° E) during 1975-2014. Until 1984 numbers gradually
decreased and the population shifted from the inner dunes
in the east to the coastal dunes in the west of the study
area. After 1984 numbers recovered slightly, but increased
strongly after the area between coastal and inner dunes
(intermediary dunes) was restored in 2001-02by removing
bushes and artificial ponds used for water purification.
Remarkably, the pipits not only re-colonised the restored
area, but also neighbouring areas. Here a 24% increase in
the availability of bare sandy patches occurred (due to as
yet unknown causes), which may have improved foraging
conditions for Meadow Pipits. After 2008 the population
decreased again in all habitats.
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