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Title of the project

Chasseurs et zones humides: actions!FDC Maine-et-Loire


On Saint-Aubin island, the hunting association of Maine-et-Loire bought 123 ha of land to save the flood meadow habitats from afforestation.

To preserve the flood meadow areas hunters collaborated with farmers for the continuity of hay cutting. They also proposed environmental leases to the farmers in order to follow Natura 2000 agro-environmental measures that need to be applied. All farmers accepted to sign the environmental-lease that secure the future of the area.
Finally, they conducted some communication and education activities by setting up pedagogic pannels and organizing guided tours.


Preservation of 123 ha of flood meadow on the long term.


Country France
Level Local
Site Saint-Aubin island
Municipalities involved Angers
Province(s) Maine-et-Loire
Region Pays de la Loire

Starting date


Habitat Types


Protection status of the areas

Natura 2000


Species Caracteristics Migratory species
Species Type Birds
Name(s) of main species Corn crake (Crex crex), Garganey (Anas querquedula), Common quail (Coturnix coturnix), Northern lapwing (Vanellus vanellus), Common snipe (Gallinago gallinago), Black-tailed godwit (Limosa limosa)

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 du Maine-et-Loire (http://www.frc-paysdelaloire.com/)

Estimation of the budget (total or annual)

110,000 euros for the purchase of areas in the island


Fédération Nationale des Chasseurs, Chasseurs et zones humides: actions!, 2009,http://www.chasseurdefrance.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/Chasseurs_et_zones_humides__action.pdf