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Title of the project

FECENCA study of the Eurasian Woodcock


Increase the knowledge about the migratory movements of woodcocks.

Promote the involvement of hunters in the management and conservation of the species, making them participate to the studies.

Provide the competent authorities with rigorous information on the status of Woodcock in order to develop a homogenous legal framework regarding the hunting management and conservation of the species in Spain.

Monitoring of the bag data and analysis of biological samples;
Censuses of the wintering and breeding populations through ringing campaigns;
Monitoring of the migratory routes using satellite radio-telemetry techniques;
Awareness raising actions targeting various groups of hunters.

Hunters submitted bag data and were targeted to raise awareness of the research interests of woodcock.


Country Spain
Level National

Starting date


Habitat Types


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 Eurasion 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), Policy work (e.g. positioning of hunting organisations, demonstrating conservation actions)


Leading partners Fecaza (http://www.fecaza.com/);the Woodcock Hunters' Club of Spain (http://rtvs.ccbp.org/)
Other partners Biodiversity Foundation from the Spanish Environmental Ministry (http://www.terravivagrants.org/Home/view-grant-makers/biodiversity-foundation)