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Title of the project

Lapwing Management Plan in Italy


Increase the population of lapwings.

Incentives introduced to encourage farmers to retain/restore pastoral pockets in arable areas, retain/restore damp/wet areas.
Extensive data on bag sizes was collected.
Temporary hunting restrictions placed where evidence exists of excessive hunting.
Awareness-raising campaign of the decline of lapwings.
National program to monitor breeding populations introduced.
Study of lapwing fledgeling success and reasons for failure under different management regimes was introduced.
National program to monitor wintering population introduced.
Limit bag size/day and /year.

Hunters have a key role in management of hunting lands and pay farmers to flood lands, maintain field stubble and grasses.


Breeding population of lapwings in Italy is stable-increasing. Wintering population is increasing in 3 important regions. National data shows significant increase from 1993-2000.


Country Italy
Level National

Habitat Types

Farmland, Scrub/Grassland , Wetland, Coastal

Protection status of the areas

Areas with voluntary or mandatory hunting ban, No protection status


Species Caracteristics Huntable species, Abundant species, Migratory species
Species Type Birds
Name(s) of main species Northern lapwing - Vanellus vanellus

Conservation action(s)

Management of habitats and wildlife (e.g. conservation and restoration activities), Research and data collection (e.g. monitoring, bag data), Communication and education (for different target audiences e.g. hunters, the wider public), Enforcement (e.g. of hunting legislation, codes of conduct)


Leading partners ACMA (http://www.acma.it/)
Other partners ISPRA (http://www.isprambiente.gov.it/en)Ambiti territoriali di Caccia (http://www.atcbologna.org/)