To create a better world, GreenEcoBox decided to join the LPO non-profit organization. This organization is the first association for the protection of nature in France. GreenEcoBox has particularly chosen to engage in the “Spring for Swallows” campaign.
How does this partnership work?
GreenEcoBox makes a donation of 3 or 4 € for each Bee Happy box or Beauty in the box delivered in April 2019. Through this partnership, GreenEcoBox has chosen a specific project and now shares all the information related to this project with its customers.
Together we are strong
Swallows and nidification
Spring for Swallows
Every spring, many of us wait for the swallows to return to the sky. For hundreds of years, they have been announcing the return of good weather. More than that, they fit into our culture. They symbolize the rebirth after the winter, a certain image of an idyllic countryside, a grove, a stable inside which they built their nests … They are close to us, twirl around our houses, pose on the telephone wires. They give themselves in show for our happiness.
What is the campaign about?
Swallow populations have dropped in Europe in recent years … Loss of habitats, lack of insects, pesticides, destruction of nests … Could this once-common bird disappear?
Fortunately, the LPO did not wait to better know the causes of their disappearance and propose concrete solutions to help swallows. Setting artificial nest boxes, accompanying building companies, installing boards under the nest to prevent soiling … are all actions favouring the return of swallows.
The swallow, a great traveler
As part of the migratory birds, the swallow overwinters at milder climates and returns to Europe in the second half of March.
This announcer of good weather is able to travel nearly 6,000 kilometers to come to breed in France! Five species of swallows are present during this period from March to the end of May: Rock Swallow, Barn Swallow, Tree Swallow, Bank Swallow and Rousseau Swallow. The most commonly recognized are the Barn Swallow and the Tree Swallow at not to be confused with the Black Swift , a little bigger and completely black.
Where did the swallows go?
Since the regular monitoring of swallow populations of the territory, we can observe a collapse similar to that of the wild birds. Populations of Barn Swallows and Barn Swallows have dropped by 30-40% over the last 30 years.
The causes ? First and foremost, heavy use of pesticides (swallows are insectivorous) and loss of nesting sites, due to lack of crevice in buildings (new as old) and destruction of nests (swallows use nests from one year to another). Land consolidation also has a negative impact: removing hedgerows and reed beds, it destroys areas rich in insects and robs the swallows of the opportunity to come and drink in the reed beds. Did you know that one swallow alone can eat up to 3,000 mosquitoes per day?
Could this once-common bird disappear?
Fortunately the LPO did not wait to better know the causes of their disappearance and propose concrete solutions to help them. Setting artificial nest boxes, supporting building companies, installing planks under the nest to prevent soiling … are all actions tested locally favoring the return of swallows. In order to develop these actions throughout the territory, the LPO is now calling on your generosity. We refuse to imagine that the swallow can no longer make spring in Europe.