Did you know that almost 2,800 wild, animal and plant species hide in Paris? The Urban Ecology Agency tells you in your ear about the secrets of this biodiversity … Experience season 1 of the podcast “Brèves de nature sauvage à Paris”, with the fox, the weasel, the sparrow, the hedgehog or the pike on the menu.
In recent months, we have been able to listen in the silence of an enclosed Paris to nature living and regaining its rights. The Urban Ecology Bureau took the opportunity to reach out to the microphone and give voice to this biodiversity via podcasts. For nature can also be 2.0!
Told by nature experts in the city, “Brèves de nature sauvage à Paris” gives you snapshots of life in Parisian wildlife.
Section 13: pike
Freshwater predators, pike (esox lucius) hunting in the aquatic grasslands, canals and ponds of the Parisian forests. With its jaw lined with nearly 700 sharp teeth, it catches fish, frogs, toads and young birds at lightning speed. The pike holds the record for the fastest acceleration in the animal kingdom!
Episode 12: Tawny Owl
Tauuglen (Strix aluco) is a nocturnal bird. Faithful to its territory, it moves a little, but needs a rich ecological environment to live: large trees with cavities to nest and sufficient prey. Field mice, mice, shrews, birds, reptiles and other small animals make up the menu for this discreet predator.
Episode 11: The Rose-ringed Parakeet
Green plumage, azure tail and red and black beak, the rose-ringed parakeet (Psittacula krameri) looks like a little parrot. Originally from the wooded savannas of Equatorial Africa and Asia, it settled in the capital in the 1970s. Since then, its population has continued to grow in Île-de-France. So much so that France has listed it on the list of invasive alien species … But is it real?
Section 10: The House Sparrow
The house sparrow (Passer domesticus) has lived with humans for centuries. Unfortunately, its total population in Paris fell by 73% between 2003 and 2016. What are the reasons for this decline, which began in other major European cities ten years earlier? Find out what we can change in our lifestyle to turn the curve!
Section 9: The Red Squirrel
Have you ever seen red squirrels (Sciurus vulgaris) In Paris ?
The branches of severed buds at the foot of the trees testify to the presence of this lively little mammal. In the city’s large parks and forests, the observation of this animal ambassador for the Parisian tree network confirms the ecological quality of this living environment and the interest in preserving old trees.
Episode 8: Rock Dove
A must in the urban landscape, the Rock Pigeon (columba livia) is sometimes unpopular among Parisians. However, it is our fault if this bird, originally domesticated, abounds in the capital. Its prevalence, in part due to feeding, a seemingly harmless gesture and our urban lifestyle can create an imbalance in a group of animals or even affect biodiversity in general.
Episode 7: The Red Fox
Present mainly in the Parisian forests, where it breeds, the red fox roams the city. The calm from the incarceration episode allowed him to settle in the Père Lachaise cemetery to raise his little ones there. The fox has its place in the city, especially because it provides us with unimaginable services thanks to its diet. With the restlessness left, will the fox expand its territory?
Section 6: The midwife toad
The midwife or midwife is a small amphibian that is not very common in Paris. It is near overgrown water points lined with rocks heated by the sun that you will be able to see it and above all hear it … But by the way, why is it called midwifery?
Section 5: Weasel
There was a time when the weasel (Martes Foina) replaced the cat in our home. This little mammal now inhabits our green areas, and at night it sneaks on rooftops or in the streets in search of food … Hard to observe, but its strange scream that looks like a very loud bark will not surprise you – do not escape !
Episode 4: The Black Crow
A dark bird that is often a little appreciated, even considered an unlucky bird, the scavenger crow nevertheless has its place in the city. It provides services to humans by cleaning the streets of small dead animals and food waste, thus limiting the spread of other species in overpopulation.
Section 3: the carpenter bee or purple xylocop
The purple xylocop, a calm pollinator, goes in search of food in the densest city in France. There is competition between wild bees and honey bees.
Section 2: The Hedgehog
If you’re looking for problems, you’ll find it. With its 5,000 quill pens on its back, the hedgehog is not afraid to walk around the green areas of Paris at night. He can eat snails, slugs, insect larvae, berries and fruits there … making him an excellent helper for the gardener! Hear his story …
Section 1: the kestrel
You may have never seen it, but probably heard it, especially if you live near a church or a high monument. The common kestrel likes to nest there, and its loud, repeated screams are very recognizable. Experience it on the Ausha Canal in the city of Paris and here:
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In the schoolyard or building, the garden, on the balcony or on the windowsill, place plant boxes with wild and aromatic plants, shelters, water troughs, nest boxes, which constitute microenvironments to attract wildlife and diverse flora. Cultivated in zero pesticidesthey offer a space of tranquility to reproduce, shelter, feed, quench their thirst …
Each development thus reproduces on a small scale a specific site favorable to the installation of a species. You can also make small, simple improvements to help preserve and protect the city’s biodiversity.
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