The number of birds is decreasing day by day as a result of our actions and most severe is the situation in the agricultural landscape. This project is dedicated to the agricultural birds with the goal to increase their survival rate by supporting biodiversity in the area.
The vision with this project was to find new ways of maintaining our biodiversity and increase the interest of doing that. After investigating different problem areas connected to biodiversity within Sweden one of the most severe was chosen to work with. This project was therefor focused on how to increase the chance of survival for the bird species living within the Swedish agricultural landscape. Due to higher demands of product on the market and fewer available farm the farmers has been forced to make changes to the landscape to intensify their production. These changes have reduced the biodiversity in the area and thereby also the availability of food, habitats and shelter for the agricultural birds.
The end result is a module designed to mimic a natural biotope that could be placed within the intensified agricultural landscape. By placing rest materials already existing on a farm such as stones, wood and leaves into the module habitats for useful insects could be created. Butterflies, lacewings, lady birds, solitary bees, beetles and spiders are some examples. These insects will not only become an important food source for the agricultural birds but will also help the farmer with pollination and pest control on the farm. The top of the module is designed to collect rainwater to provide the birds with. A minimal need of maintenance and reduced production costs is considered to facilitate the usage of the product. The module should be placed at rest areas on the farm which are areas not used for cultivation. This placement is carefully chosen not to create a farming obstacle for the farmers.
With the help of this product my hope is that the biodiversity within the agricultural landscape will increase and a greater discussion around the issue will rise.
MA degree project 2012