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Title of the project

Hunters and wetlands: Action!FDC Hérault


Maintenance and management of the wetland.

Reedbeds are pastured by horses in late winter. In times of drought, they attempt to open the reeds by mechanical grinding.
Monitoring of the wintering population.
Monitoring of the breeding chronology of the mallard (Anas platyrhynchos) and the coot (Fulica atra) was conducted with a collaboration between hunters and NGOs.
Management plan of the reserve is in current writing with the collaboration of Montpellier University and a future project plan to regurlarly host schools or public during big awareness raising events.


It identifies some species of great interest as la Nivéole d'été (Leucojum aestivum)


Country France
Level Local
Site Saint-Marcel reserve
Municipalities involved Mauguio
Province(s) Hérault
Region Languedoc-Roussillon

Habitat Types


Protection status of the areas

Natura 2000


Species Caracteristics Migratory species
Species Type Birds
Name(s) of main species mallard (Anas platyrhynchos) and the coot (Fulica atra)

Conservation action(s)

Management of habitats and wildlife (e.g. conservation and restoration activities)


Leading partners L’Associationde chasse maritime de l’étang de l’Or (http://acmetangdelor1.e-monsite.com/)
Other partners ONCFS (http://www.oncfs.gouv.fr/), Fédération départementale des chasseursde l’Hérault (http://www.fdc34.com/)Nature protection associations: LPO (https://www.lpo.fr), CENLR (http://www.cenlr.org/), SPN LR (http://spn.mnhn.fr/servicepatrimoinenaturel/programmes%20/17/Listes+Rouges),ADENA (http://grainelr.org/annuaire/adena.html),…Montpellier 2 University (http://sciences.edu.umontpellier.fr/)


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