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Title of the project

Woodcock Monitoring Project


Monitor the European woodcock population size and demographics, assess the affect of Hungarian hunting on the Eurasian woodcock’s population

Collection of data from gamebags in about 900 sample points reasonably spread over the country, then analysis of this data


Hungarian bag constitutes 0.1-0.2% of total European mortality;83% of the bag is male;thus: the Hungarian springtime hunting of Eurasian Woodcock has been both in quality and quantity a sustainable use without unpleasantconsequences on the European population


Country Hungary
Level National

Starting date


Habitat Types

Farmland, Forest/Woodland, Scrub/Grassland, Wetland, Island, Mountains, Suburban

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 Eurasian woodcock - Scolopax rusticola

Conservation action(s)

Research and data collection (e.g. monitoring, bag data)


Leading partners Hungarian Hunters’ National Association (http://www.omvk.hu/)The Institute of Wildlife Management and Vertebrate Zoology (https://www.researchgate.net/institution/University_of_West_Hungary_Sopron/department/Institute_of_Wildlife_Management_and_Vertebrate_Zoology)
Other partners Social Renewal Operation Programme

Estimation of Human Resources needed

500 sample gatherer [sic]


FARAGÓ, LÁSZLÓ and BENDE. March 26-27, 2012. Consequences of Eurasian Woodcock (Scolopax rusticola) Hunting on the Population in Hungary. International Scientific Conference on Sustainable Development & Ecological Footprint.