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Title of the project

National Observation Network “Bécassines”


The national network ONCFS/FNC/FDC/FDC/CICB “Bécassines”, created in 2006, follows the populations of common snipe which stay in France. Each year, about 2,000 snipes are banded by 130 professionals from the National Hunting and Wildlife Office (ONCFS) and the Departmental Hunters’ Federations (FDC) and a few volunteers. The data collected make it possible to estimate survival rates and trends in wintering populations in France. This information is supplemented by information from the International Snipe Hunters Club (CICB), based on an annual harvest of snipes shot while hunting. These data provide information on the age structure of the hunted population, which is itself an indicator of annual reproductive success.


Country France
Level National

Starting date


Habitat Types



Species Caracteristics Huntable species, Protected species, Migratory species
Species Type Birds

Conservation action(s)

Management of habitats and wildlife (e.g. conservation and restoration activities), Research and data collection (e.g. monitoring, bag data)


Leading partners Fédération départementale des chasseurs, Office National de la Chasse et de la Faune Sauvage (ONCFS), Fédération Nationale des Chasseurs (FNC), Club international des chasseurs de bécassines