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Title of the project

Wintering Woodcok Scolopax rusticola monitoring in protected areas in Italy with pointing dogs


Woodcock is almost sedentary in its wintering area. The knowledge of their density and how it varies during the year and from one year to another is important for the management of areas even without hunting activities. Based on a national protocol established in 2006 by the National Institute for Wildlife (INFS-ISPRA), with Genoa University and Club della Becaccia, a partnership between cynophile hunters and Parks Institutions has been possible. Involved hunters need to follow a specific class with their pointing dogs.


density of Woodcock trend in areas standard


Country Italy
Level National

Starting date


Habitat Types


Protection status of the areas

Regional protected area, National protected area, Areas with voluntary or mandatory hunting ban


Species Caracteristics Huntable species
Species Type Birds
Name(s) of main species Woodcock - Scolopax rusticola

Conservation action(s)

Management of habitats and wildlife (e.g. conservation and restoration activities), Research and data collection (e.g. monitoring, bag data), Communication and education (for different target audiences e.g. hunters, the wider public)


Leading partners Parc offices


Galli L., Spanò S., Conte C., 2005-Wintering Woodcock Scolopax rusticola monitoring in protected areas.first results. Woodcock & Snipe Specialist Group (W.I.), Newsletter n.31: 28-31Spanò S., Conte C., Galli L., Capurro M., 2010-Wintering Woodcock Scolopax rusticola monitoring in Ticino Valley Natural Park (Northern Italy) from 2005 to 2009.Woodcock & Snipe Specialist Group (W.I.), Newsletter n.36:43-44


www.giornaledellabeccaccia.it (n.10, marzo 2008)www.parcoticinolagomaggiore.it/progettiwww.wetlands.org/our-network/specialist-group/woodcock-and-snipe-specialist-group