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Title of the project

Rock partridge (Alectoris graeca) population density and trends in Greece in relation with the project Habitat improvement

Description

Assessment of the population density and trends of Rock Partridge (Alectoris graeca) in relation to year, season, hunting/non-hunting areas and environmental parameters.

Line transects were located and counts were realized both during spring and summer, for 7 consequent years. Counts were realized by game keepers with the use of specialized hunting dogs. Habitat types and vegetation (canopy) cover were also recorded. Measures like estimation of the species’ population in central Greece and in national level, identification of the limiting factors,… were taken, and conservation measures were proposed:
– Cultivations in appropriate areas and abandoned agricultural fields with leguminous plants (Vicia, Lathurus)
– Planting of specific tree species in higher altitudes which offer cover from avian predators (Juniperus communis, Pinus leucodermis)
– In areas with subterranean bulbs, superficial tillage is suggested to make bulbs easily located by the species
– When there is absence of natural water supply and bulbs, artificial water supply is provided
– Effective fortification of the above mechanism with the founding and operation of the Game Guard body (2000) of the Hunting Organizations for the increased protection of wildlife
– Rock partridge rearing & focused releasing

Results

Hunting of Rock partridge in Greece is proved to be practiced sustainably. The main limiting factors and threats on the species’ population are proved to be others than hunting. Areas in which hunting is banned in Sterea Hellas do not increase the species’ population.

Location

Country Greece
Level Regional
Region Sterea Hellas Region (Central Continental Greece)

Starting date

2005

Protection status of the areas

Natura 2000, Emerald Network, Ramsar, Regional protected area, National protected area, Areas with voluntary or mandatory hunting ban, Hunting reserve, No protection status

Species

Species Caracteristics Huntable species, Threatened species, Others: Plants
Species Type Birds, Others: Leguminous plants, Woody plants, Bulbous plants
Name(s) of main species Rock Partridge (Alectoris graeca), Vetches (Vicia), Sweet peas (Lathyrus), Common juniper (Juniperus communis), Bosnian pine (Pinus leucodermis)

Conservation action(s)

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

Partners

Leading partners 4th Hunting Federation of Sterea Hellas (http://www.dkose.gr/)
Other partners Hellenic Hunters Confederation (http://www.ksellas.gr/index.php?lang=en),Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (https://www.auth.gr/en), Technical Educational Institute of Lamia (http://enphe.org/Map/Countries/tabid/950/ContactType/View/OrganisationID/18/Default.aspx)

Estimation of the budget (total or annual)

8000 Euros annually

Estimation of Human Resources needed

48 Game Keepers of the 4th Hunting Federation of Sterea Hellas

Publication(s)

Bontzorlos V., Vlachos C., Bakaloudis D., Chatzinikos E., Dedousopoulou E., Kiousis D. & Thomaides C. Rock partridge (Alectoris graeca graeca) population density and trends in central Greece, Animal Biodiversity & Conservation 35(2): 371-380, 2012http://abc.museucienciesjournals.cat/volum-35-2-2012-abc/rock-partridge-alectoris-graeca-graeca-population-density-and-trends-in-central-greece/?lang=en

Weblinks

http://abc.museucienciesjournals.cat/files/ABC_35-2_pp_371-380.pdf