Hunting Organisations in Greece founded the Gameguard Body in 2000 with one basic aim: Enforce environmental law in order to protect wildlife species and their habitat, prevent biodiversity loss, and control wildlife crimes. Hunters are in charge of the implementation and organisation of the whole system of gamekeeping. Gamekeepers control all types of violations concerning illegal hunting activity, as well as they patrol and control for any other kind of environmental violations equal to the Forest Guards of the Pubic Forestry Service. When they locate a violation of environmental law they confiscate illegal material, and they file an official lawsuit to the Forestry Service.
Starting date: 2000
Species: European Rabbit (Oryctolgaus Cuniculus), Common Moorhen (Gallinula Chloropus), Common Snipe (Gallinago Gallinago), Northern Lapwing (Vanellus Vanellus), Eurorasian Coot (Fulicula Atra), Greater White-fronted Goose (Anser Albifrons), Tufted Duck (Aythya Fuligula), Common Woodpigeon (Columba Palumpus), Common Pochard (Aythia Ferina), Northern Shoveller (Anas Clypeata), Northern Pintail (Anas Acuta), Garganey (Anas Querquedula), Wigeon (Anas Penelope), Gadwall (Anas Strepera), Mallard (Anas Platyrhynchos), Common Teal (Anas Crecca), Carrion Crow (Corvus Corone), Jackdaw (Corvus Monedula), Common Magpie (Pica Pica), Starling (Sturnus Vulgaris), Common Blackbird (Turdus Merula), Fieldfare (Turdus Pilaris), Redwing (Turdus Iliacus), Mistle Thrush (Turdus Viscivorus), Song Thrush (Turdus Filomelos), Turtle Dove (Streptopelia Turtur), Rock Pigeon (Columba Livia), European Hare (Lepus Europaeus), Skylark (Alauda Arvensis), Woodcock (Scolopax Rusticola), Common Pheasant (Phasianus Colchicus), Common Quail (Coturnix Coturnix), Chuckar Partridge (Alectoris Chukar), Red Fox (Vulpes Vulpes), Rock Partridge (Alectoris Graeca), Beech Marten (Martes Foina), Wild Boar (Sus Scrofa)
Species characteristics: Huntable species, Abundant species
Type of actions: Enforcement
Leading partners: The Hellenic Hunters Confederation