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Biodiversity

Catfish non grata

It is huge, a little scary and more and more present in French rivers. Catfish, a freshwater fish native to Asia that can reach 2.5 meters in length, was introduced to France in the 1960s. Since then, researchers and fishermen/fisherwomen have been questioning its integration.An opportunistic species, capable of eating salmon like pigeons, the catfish […]

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Agriculture Biodiversity

In Brittany, the jackdaw attracts the wrath of farmers

Every year in western Brittany, there are more and more jackdaws. This small opportunistic corvid with a grey back takes advantage of the region’s abundant resources, particularly corn, to feast on. Its happiness does not match that of the farmers, who have designated it as an enemy to be killed. Its proliferation, however, is intimately […]

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Agriculture Biodiversity

It doesn’t make the birds laugh

This is the 2018 figure: 33% of birds would have disappeared from agricultural areas in France in fifteen years. This is an alarming observation that professional and amateur ornithologists like to explore in greater depth each year during the sessions of the Temporal Monitoring of Common Birds (STOC) programme. Cover picture: Vincent Leloup.

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Agriculture Biodiversity Employment

Bees give wings to refugees

Since 2016, the Ile-de-France-based association Espero has been working to promote the professional integration of refugees through urban agriculture. And one of the flagship areas it promotes is beekeeping. Ibrahim Karout, of Syrian origin, passes on his know-how on bees to new arrivals in France to help them find work. The association has set up […]

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Biodiversity Ecology

Fish also have heartache

Fish have a small beating heart. This is what Chloé Laubu, who defended her thesis in population biology and ecology in 2018, wanted to show by questioning the place of emotions and personality in decision-making in zebra cichlids, a monogamous species of fish. Because these water beings are also emotional beings capable of making decisions […]

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Agriculture Biodiversity Ecology

On Yeu Island, it’s not easy to embark on farming

Lionelle Arnaud is a chicken breeder on Yeu island. Since she announced her project for an organic hen farm, she has experienced great difficulties in getting her installation off the ground. Several things are involved. The lack of agricultural tradition in Yeu when most of the economic activity comes from fishing and tourism. But also […]

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Agriculture Biodiversity Ecology

Tomy Journaux, a scallops picker

Tomy Journaux is a special kind of fisherman. Every day he puts on his wetsuit in search of scallops in the bays of Saint-Malo and Saint-Brieuc. This way of fishing is also a way to preserve the resource without destroying other species as trawlers do. There are only a few dozen “scallops pickers” in Brittany. […]

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Agriculture Biodiversity Ecology

A new lease of life for pastoralism

The mechanization of agriculture had wiped it out much of the land, leaving it to the mountainous regions. However, pastoralism has found a new lease of life in recent years. Shepherds and shepherdesses are now settling in the plains, demanding more sustainable and environmentally friendly agriculture. Mylène Perelli is one of them. This young shepherdess […]