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Title of the project

Chasseurs et zones humides: actions! FDC Indre

Description

The aims are to safeguard the habitat threatened by agricultural abandonment, but also to promote wild fauna diversity to sensitize the public, hunters, non-hunters and schools.

A natural afforestation has been conducted and some activities as the mowing, the extensive horses grazing and a traditional fish breeding have enabled to maintain the habitat. The hunters also created three ponds and five observatories with one opened to public for an efficient birds observation.
There is one employee in charge of the maintenance, the monitoring (partnership for scientific monitoring) and the welcoming of visitors.
By controlling some wildlife population like the river rat (Myocastor coypus) and the muskrat (Ondatra zibethicus), there has been an increase of the reed beds.
Finally, they developped awareness raising programs on wetlands issues like their importance, their threats,…
Other actions have been planned as training courses on wetlands management, improving grassland management, creating areas for shorebirds.

Results

The number of wintering waterfowl increased from 300/400 to more than 1,000 individuals on average, and has reached up to 2000 individuals in some circumstances.
The areas of reed beds increased gradually.

Location

Country France
Level Local
Site Brenne Regional Natural Park
Specific site coordinates 46.705723, 1.315154
Municipalities involved Migné
Province(s) Indre
Region Central

Starting date

1993

Habitat Types

Wetland

Protection status of the areas

Natura 2000, Ramsar, Regional protected area

Species

Species Caracteristics Invasive Alien species; Not applicable
Species Type Mammals, Not applicable
Name(s) of main species Coypu (Myocastor coypus) and the muskrat (Ondatra zibethicus)

Conservation action(s)

Management of habitats and wildlife (e.g. conservation and restoration activities), Communication and education (for different target audiences e.g. hunters, the wider public)

Partners

Leading partners Fédération départementale des chasseurs de l’Indre (http://www.chasseursducentre.fr/fdc36/)
Other partners Chérine natural reserve (http://www.reserve-cherine.fr/), CEB de Chizé (http://www.cebc.cnrs.fr/)

Fondation pour la protection des habitats de la faune sauvage (http://www.fondationdeschasseurs.com/fphfs/)

Publication(s)

Fédération Nationale des Chasseurs, Chasseurs et zones humides: actions!, 2009,
http://www.chasseurdefrance.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/Chasseurs_et_zones_humides__action.pdf

Weblinks

http://www.chasseurdefrance.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/Chasseurs_et_zones_humides__action.pdf