There are so little of Aquatic Warblers left, that it is hard to get the opportunity to enjoy it‘s melodious voice. In Lithuanian, the bird family to which Aquatic warbler belongs to is called ninevoicers (lt. devynbalsiai, lot. Sylviidae). Can you hear all 9 different tones in it’s song?
Story of coexistence of people, birds and horses
“Nine voices” is a biomass processing facility in Lithuania, which produces grass pellets mainly for horse bedding in order to save the Europe’s rarest songbird – Aquatic warbler.
Buying the “Hygge pellet” you let the nine voices of Aquatic Warbler sound
Currently, Aquatic Warblers (Acrocephalus paludicola) breeds in 4 countries only – Belarus, Ukraine, Poland and Lithuania and the world population is considered to be 11 000 singing males. It is considered as Europes‘s rarest songbird and globally endangered species. This bird is 20 times rarer than African elephant.
The extinction of the Aquatic Warbler in mainly caused by the loss of it’s home – flooded meadows and fen mires. To save the species nature conservationists not only work to restore it’s habitats but also put a lot of efforts to ensure it’s maintenance in a long run. The biomass processing facility “Nine voices” plays an important role in this self-maintaining conservation system.
“Nine voices” recycles the late-cut grass that is not suitable for fodder anymore from home of Aquatic warbler and turns it to a new product – “Hygge pellets”. The late cutting (from the mid of August) is needed to ensure the safety of 2 aquatic warbler broods. Only in August the chicks of the second brood is capable to run away from the machinery and the mowing is allowed. The grass cut so late is not suitable for fodder anymore, therefore there is a problem, where to put huge amount of biomass left in fields. “Nine voices” solves this problem by collecting this grass, avoiding waste and encouraging Aquatic warbler-friendly farming.
We protect not the one species but the whole neighborhood. Aquatic warbler is a real expert of the habitats, that shows by his existence a good quality of wetlands that are very few left in Europe. By protecting the home of this rare bird we create a safe neighborhood for it’s neighbors, because species do not get extinct alone.