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Title of the project

Chasseurs et zones humides: actions!FDC Manche


In 1987, the local hunting association undertook to create a 2 ha pond in the Cotentin natural reserve.
In 2004/2005, they created a pedagogic trail with observation windows and they managed the waterbodies to increase the carrying capacity for birds.
Finally, they created a trail for environmental initiation with three new observatories and they managed the area specifically for waterfowl, shorebirds and other large wading birds


The species most represented on the site during migration are: mallard (300-400), common teal (500-600) and lapwing (1500-2000).Several other species frequent the site: Northern shoveler, wigeon, shelduck, greylag goose, snipe, Common stilts, Spoonbills, egret ....


Country France
Level Local
Site Gefosse Haven
Municipalities involved Gefosse and Anneville-sur-mer
Province(s) Manche
Region Basse-Normandie

Starting date


Habitat Types


Protection status of the areas

Natura 2000, National protected area


Species Caracteristics Migratory species
Species Type Birds
Name(s) of main species Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos), EurasianTeal (Anas crecca), Lapwing (Vanellus vanellus), Northern shoveler (Anas clypeata), Eurasian Wigeon (Anas penelope) , Common Shelduck (Tadorna tadorna), Greylag Goose (Anser anser), Common Snipe (Gallinago gallinago), Black-winged stilt (Himantopus himantopus), Eurasian Spoonbill (Platalea leucorodia), Great Egret (Ardea alba), ...

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)


Leading partners Fédération départementale des chasseurs de la Manche (http://www.fdc50.com/contact-liens-mentions/contact/autres-contacts/default.asp),Association de chasse maritime de la côte ouest du Cotentin
Other partners Communauté de communes du canton de Lessay (http://www.canton-lessay.com/web/index.php)

Estimation of the budget (total or annual)

300,000 euros for the management works


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