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Expressed as percentage of country total area this process is most pronounced in Portugal, Netherlands, Belgium, Ireland and Italy. In most cases arable lands are lost to urban development, especially if driven by higher land prices in areas adjacent to settlements.
Keep your dog on a lead if it is likely to run off and disturb wildlife.
In particular, be careful of nesting birds in early spring and early summer, and roosting or feeding birds in winter. If you have a dog, keep this in mind when you're taking it for a walk!
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