in Barzan, swallows do not make spring but controversy

“In Barzan, the town welcomes swallows and swifts every year, especially in Barzan-Plage, in a small town hall called ”the mushroom” which is loaned to the village festival committee”, explain the mayor Robert Maigre and his assistants. This small building sees two to three swallows’ nests bloom each year, which the municipality protects as much as possible. However, for some time now, the openings through which the swallows accessed their nests have been screened”, protest the elected officials.


The openings have been screened by the Festival Committee to prevent birds from entering.

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The Festival Committee was therefore expressly asked to remove the fences, which was done immediately. Unfortunately, since then, the openings have again been screened and at the end of the last municipal council, the president of the Festival Committee Patrick Mars, candidate for the next legislative elections in the fourth constituency, verbally attacked the elected officials who asked the reopening of access to swallows.

Heavy penalties

“The whole of the Municipal Council cannot tolerate such deviations”, insist the mayor and his first deputy, stressing that non-compliance with the law protecting birds incurs the association leader, in addition to possible sanctions taken at the municipal level. , heavy penalties (1). “The fact that this person is a candidate in the legislative elections does not allow him to do such things”, underlines Sophie Simonet, municipal councilor, specifying that the preservation of the environment is essential and the protection of swallows major. Firstly because this bird is a big consumer of insects (7,000 per day, a large majority of which are mosquitoes).

The birds have made their nests inside the mushroom.


The birds have made their nests inside the mushroom.

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When questioned, the president of the Festival Committee does not deny the facts of which he is accused by the town hall. “With several volunteers, it took us three days to clean this small room invaded by bird dirt in order to protect the objects stored inside and we didn’t want it to happen again. Despite everything, the swallows continue to pass under the door and go to their nests,” he notes. The dark affair of the swallows has not finished agitating the municipal life of Barzan.

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