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Title of the project

Oasi di Montelenoni

Description

Protected natural oasis, as Monteleoni, have the task to preserve flora as well as to promote wildlife protection, conserving their environment. Monteleoni oasis shows a natural environment with beautiful landscape, wildlife and hundreds of years old plants.

Specific guided visits are organized to increase the interest of young people in environment preservation. Thus, another important aim of the oasis is to put in contact people with natural environment. The oasis management has also the goal to increase tourism in the area.

The presence of wildlife has been assessed through cameratrap and then genetic monitoring has been carried out through hair collection. Wildlife monitoring has been set up as well as genetic analyses of carnivores scats (wild cat, marten, eagle owl).

Other actions:
Supervision of the area by volunteer hunting guards
Censuses of permanent fauna species of most interest (e.g. woodcock)
Habitat protection and conservation
Scientific monitoring of wildlife
Prevention measures against damages caused by wildlife
Targeted projects for the study of protected species
Construction of a bird observatory equipped and observation points for bird life and organization of censuses related to migration in birds
Creation of publications, movies photos etc (young people targeted with particular attention to school).
Hunters are directly involved in the maintenance of paths within the oasis.

All the activities listed in this document have been developed by hunters in the framework of their collaboration with the Grosseto Province.

Results

Increase of public awareness of importance of wildlife and natural environment.Increase in wildlife knowledge and monitoring.Increase in hunters

Location

Country Italy
Level Local
Site Oasi di Monteleoni
Municipalities involved Grosseto, Roccastrada, Civitella Paganico, Campagnatico
Province(s) Grosseto province
Region Tuscany

Starting date

2010

Habitat Types

Forest/Woodland

Protection status of the areas

Natura 2000

Species

Species Caracteristics Huntable species, Protected species, Threatened species
Species Type Birds, Large carnivores
Name(s) of main species wildcat (Felis silvestris), marten (Martes), Eurasian eagle owl (Bubo bubo), Eurasian woodcock (Scolopax rusticola),…

Conservation action(s)

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)

Partners

Leading partners Provincia di Grosseto
Other partners Federazione Italiana della Caccia (F.I.d.C.) – Grosseto section (www.federcacciatoscana.it) is in charge the management of the whole area.State Forestry Department and the Provincial Police for guards

Estimation of the budget (total or annual)

4000 euros/year

Estimation of Human Resources needed

Five volunteers follow the area both for surveillance and studies, four are hunters and one is a researcher

Weblinks

http://caccia.provincia.grosseto.it/node/17