Meadow Birds and Butterflies

Farmers in the villages of Lekkum and Miedum in Leeuwarden support meadow birds by farming in ways that support wildlife.

They leave parts of their land under water and wait until June to gather their grass crops. This makes it easier for meadow birds to find food and gives the chicks time to grow before the grass is cut. So the milk produced by these farmers is good for you and the meadow birds. If you cycle along the Canterlandseweg road to the village of Gytsjerk you will see the first butterfly verges in Friesland. A special grass-cutting policy ensures that the verges provide plenty of food for caterpillars and butterflies so they can successfully reproduce.


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