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Title of the project

Turtle Dove Management Plan in Italy


Increase the population of turtle doves in Italy

Ambiti territoriali di Caccia uses hunting funds to pay farmers to maintain winter stubble.
Hunting banned during the breeding period.
Annual bag statistics collected.
National ringing schemes are implemented to assess mortality rates.

Hunters money used to pay farmers to maintain habitats that support turtle doves.
Hunters voluntarily limit bag size.
Hunters do not hunt during the breeding season.


Breeding population in Italy is increasing.


Country Italy
Level National

Habitat Types

Farmland, Forest/Woodland, Scrub/Grassland 

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 Caracteristics Huntable species, Migratory species
Species Type Birds
Name(s) of main species Turtle Dove - Streptopelia turtur

Conservation action(s)

Management of habitats and wildlife (e.g. conservation and restoration activities), Research and data collection (e.g. monitoring, bag data), Enforcement (e.g. of hunting legislation, codes of conduct)


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