Marc Herremans of the conservation group BirdLifepartner Natuurpunt told journalist "It is becoming deadly still in the country. This ought to serve as a wake-up call to law makers both at Flemish and European level.
There aren’t even any plans to do anything for species such as the turtle dove and the Northern Lapwing, even though they are running out of time.”
A decade ago there were still plenty of turtle doves and Northern Lapwings.
However, since then there numbers have declined rapidly. The turtle dove has primarily suffered at the hands of French hunters. However, other factors such as the disappearance of hedges
Meanwhile, Northern Lapwing numbers have declined to just half the level they were at a decade ago. This is due to a decline in their natural habitat.