Title of the project
LIFE11 NAT/PL/000428Active protection of lowland populations of Capercaillie
As the populations of Capercaillie decline in the two areas suppressing genetic variation, a detailed analysis of causes for the decline has been performed. The measures planned aim at either elimination or alleviation of the identified threats.
The objective of the project is to restore vestigial lowland populations, and to reach the target level of population density of 2 individuals/1000 hectares which is recommended for the areas where restitution of small game animals and forest gallinaceous birds is conducted.
– Restoring Capercaillie populations and preservation of their genetic pools in the Bory Dolnośląskie Forest and the Augustowska Primeval Forest.
– Monitoring capercaillie populations
– Reducing and monitoring the population numbers of mammalian predators
– Improving and monitoring the living habitat of Capercaillies
– Reducing anthropogenic impact
– Environmental education and promotion of the project
The project envisages the reduction of predators’ populations (foxes, racoon-dogs, martens, badgers, American minks, and racoons) by shooting and capturing. The inventories of burrows, occupied or not, will be conducted. Hunting will also be performed with the use of hunting dogs.
|Site||1) Bory Dolnośląskie Forest2) Augustowska Primeval Forest|
|Region||1) Dolnoslaskie, South-East of Poland2) Podlaskie, North-West of Poland|
|Species Caracteristics||Huntable species, Protected species, Threatened species, Abundant species, Invasive Alien species|
|Species Type||Birds, Mammals, Generalist predators|
|Name(s) of main species||Western capercaillie (Tetrao urogallus), fox (Vulpes vulpes), racoon-dog (Nyctereutes procyonoides), marten (Martes), European badger (Meles meles), American mink (Neovison vison) and racoon (Procyon lotor)|
|Leading partners||The coordinating beneficiary is Nadleśnictwo Ruszów (Forest District Ruszów) (http://www.ruszow.wroclaw.lasy.gov.pl/), a public body responsible for state forestry services in Poland.|
|Other partners||Nadleśnictwo Głęboki Bród (Forest District of Głęboki Bród) (http://www.gleboki-brod.bialystok.lasy.gov.pl/)|