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Title of the project

Common and Jack Snipe Project analysis of migration, mean hunting bags and habitat use from collection of bag booklets


The project aims to analyse migration, hunting bag and habitat use of Common Snipe (Gallinago gallinago) and Jack Snipe (Lymnocryptes minimus) in Italy. Starting from a sample of 97 sites visited by singles hunters from 2010/2011 hunting season to 2015/2016 hunting season, 8 sites were monitored in all six season.


Population trends, habitat selection, migration phenology. Results of 7 year survey show slight increase in the index of birds shot/hunting hours (I.C.A.); the preferred habitat for Snipe are rice fields, while Jacksnipe select marshes. The peaks of migration for Snipe are in 3rd pentade of October and 1st and 4th pentade of November. For Jacksnipe the presence is more constant from middle October to end of January. Peaks are registered in 3rd pentade of November and 1st and 3rd pentade of December.


Country Italy
Level Local, Regional, National

Starting date


Habitat Types

Scrub/Grassland, Wetland

Protection status of the areas

Natura 2000, Ramsar, No protection status


Species Caracteristics Huntable species, Migratory species
Species Type Birds

Conservation action(s)

Research and data collection (e.g. monitoring, bag data)


Leading partners Federazione Italiana della Caccia
Other partners Club del Beccaccino

Estimation of Human Resources needed

About 80 hunters that provided the hunting data and one that elaborated and analyzed them


Daniel Tramontana & Michele Sorrenti Common and Jack Snipe project: analysis of migration, mean hunting bags and habitat use from collection of bag booklets. Proceedings of Eighth Woodcock & Snipe Workshop 9th – 11th of May 2017 Madalena, Pico Island (Azores, Portugal) In Press.


http://www.federcaccia.org/progetti_ricerche.php?idn=33http://www.federcaccia.org/avifauna_files/1e3ba41a0eae89c771ab7628c484c295.pdfhttp://www.federcaccia.org/progetti_ricerche.php?idn=9 http://www.federcaccia.org/avifauna_migratoria.php?ida=9