France: Trees that feed birds also keep bugs away!

Trees are farmers’ best friends! At the turn of the 20th Century in
France, many flowering trees, such as hawthorn and whitebeam, were
protected by law. This was because the authorities knew that birds,
which relied on the energy-rich autumnal fruits, would lay seige to
springtime insects, which would otherwise damage crops.

approach that delivered a safe, simple and cheap biological control.
France has had the right attitude towards trees for more than a
century, yet in the UK the battle to recognise the importance of trees
goes on.

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Comments (1)

GuillaumeJanuary 11th, 2009 at 1:27 pm

Thanks for the info I had no idea about it. But I think this mindset comes from the 17th century and a law from Louis 14th that regulated logging. At that time people understood that they were cutting too many trees and exhausting the resource.

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