Institute of Evolution and Ecology (EvE)

Farmland bird conservation

We seek to enhancing the efficiency of conservation practices by contributing scientific evaluation of management measures at local and regional scales.

Current focus is on biodiversity conservation in modern agricultural landscapes. We conduct systematic field surveys to evaluate the efficiency of agro-environmental schemes (AES) as implemented by local authorities. Our core project (MAGer, derived from a rather circumstantial German project name) aims at developing, implementing, and evaluating targeted conservation measured for the Corn Bunting (Emberiza calandra) as an umbrella species.

Within a PLENUM funded framework coordinated by the NABU bird conservation center, we further contribute evaluation of conservation measures for the Grey Partridge (Perdix perdix). Both our current target species are characteristic farmland inhabitants facing a high risk of regional extirpation in the German federal state of Baden-Württemberg.


Publications from this and related projects

  • Anthes, N., Götz, H. & Handschuh, M. (2019): Expanding north? Putting the first German breeding record of Black-headed Bunting Emberiza melanocephala into context. Vogelwelt (in press).
  • Dellwisch, B., Schmid, F. & Anthes, N. (2019): Habitat use of farmland birds during the non-breeding season in the context of the EU agricultural policy [in German]. Vogelwarte 57: 31-45.
  • Anthes, N. & J. Staggenborg (2018): Die Grauammer als Leitart - Schutzkonzept für Vögel der Agrarlandschaft. Falke 9/2018: 22-24.
  • Anthes, N., M. Boschert & J. Daniels-Trautner (2017): Breeding range and population trend of the Corn Bunting Emberiza calandra in Baden-Württemberg [in German]. Ornithol. Jh. Bad.-Württ. 33:27-44.
  • Böhler, E., M. Seidt, N. Anthes, F. Straub & G. Hermann (2015): Habitatpräferenzen der Gelbbauchunke (Bombina variegata) im Waldgebiet Rammert und Konsequenzen für den Schutz der Art. Z. Feldherpetol. 22: 1-20.
  • Seidt, M., S. Geißler-Strobel, M. Kramer, R. Kratzer, F. Straub & N. Anthes (2017): Population size and management of the Grey Partridge Perdix perdix in the administrative district of Tübingen [in German]. Ornithol. Jh. Bad.-Württ. 33:3-12.
  • Vowinkel, K. & N. Anthes (2012): Revierdichten und Bestand des Gartenrotschwanzes in Baden-Württemberg 2011. Ornithol. Jh. Bad.-Württ. 28: 73-92.


Nils Anthes
Tenured Lecturer
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Funded by

Stiftung Naturschutzfonds Baden-Württemberg

Zeiss Sports Optics