4 June 2013
Aquatic Warbler (Acrocephalus paludicola) is the only globally threatened passerine bird found in mainland Europe.
Lithuania is among eight countries worldwide with suitable breeding habitats for this rare species. From 2011 it is breeding only in Belarus, Ukraine, Poland and Lithuania. In 2012 63-64 singing males were found in Lithuania.
Aquatic Warbler is a habitat specialist occurring mainly in open sedge fen mires and marshy habitats. Today it is facing extinction due to an increasingly abandoned farmland or transformation of meadows into a grazing land. Therefore its conservation is closely linked to sustainable farming practices.
Video recording made with special permission from Lithuanian Environment Protection Agency.
For more info about Aquatic Warbler conservation in Lithuania and Latvia visit www.meldine.lt/en.
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