Over 5,000 signatures handed over to award the Black-Tailed Godwit space in De Oude Held

The Animal Party faction was among the groups that received the petition. Photo: Groninger view

Eight nature organizations in Groningen handed over 5,000 signatures to Groningen politicians on Saturday morning. It’s about the signatures on the petition “Give the Black-Tailed God a future in De Oude Held”.

In total, 5,348 signatures have been collected in recent weeks. They were handed over to party leaders and representatives of CDA, ChristenUnie, D66, GroenLinks, PvdA, Party for the Animals, and Party for the North. The delivery took place at the edge of the circle around, De Oude Held polder between Hoogkerk and Groningen.

Black-tailed Godwits cannot be moved
In this bird meadow area, the municipality of Groningen wants to make up for the natural values ​​that were lost while inhabiting the floodplains of the former Suiker Unie. This means that a portion of Boulder will be permanently submerged for the benefit of, among other things, black aliens and bats. The result is that the area is no longer suitable for prairie birds, such as the black-tailed crow. The Black-tailed Godwits are highly localized, and cannot be moved. Thus, the plans mean the end of the Black-tailed Godwit community.

A few weeks ago, several black-tailed constellations could be seen again in Boulder. They recently wintered in Africa and are now in the Arctic to breed. Politicians can see it with their own eyes through a telescope. Politicians received an explanation from the meadow farmer Sijtze Wobbes. He also talked about the successes achieved in recent years. For example, the numbers of the black-tailed and small-winged bird have doubled in recent years, and other animal species, such as dragonflies and bats, are doing well as well.

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Nature organizations say they will continue to speak with the municipality in the coming period. The petition can be signed until March 19 on this site

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