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    This volume is the Proceedings of the 6th Woodcock and SnipeWorkshop organised by the Woodcock and Snipe Specialist Group ofWetlands International and IUCNThe World Conservation Union. Thisinternational meeting was organised in November 2003 in Nantes, Franceand attended by 40 participants from 12 countries.

    It contains 18 papers covering topics as different as breeding biology,ecology, behaviour, population dynamics, monitoring and hunting bags.These papers focused on Woodcock (Scolopax rusticola), Common Snipe(Gallinago gallinago), Great Snipe (Gallinago media) and Jack Snipe(Lymnocryptes minimus). A paper on African Snipe (Gallinago nigripennis)is also presented. A general paper describes the conservation status ofthe worlds Woodcocks and Snipes.

    The workshop was characterised by high scientific quality and a largegeographical coverage of the papers. These are the ways towards whichthe Woodcock and Snipe Specialist Group aims to work.

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    Sixth European Woodcockand Snipe WorkshopProceedings of an International Symposiumof the Wetlands International Woodcock and Snipe Specialist Group2527 November 2003

    Edited by Y. Ferrand

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  • Sixth EuropeanWoodcock and SnipeWorkshop

    Proceedings of an International Symposium ofthe Wetlands International Woodcock and Snipe Specialist Group

    Nantes, France2527 November 2003

    Edited by Y. FerrandOffice national de la chasse et de la faune sauvage

    This Conference was convened by:Wetlands InternationalOffice national de la chasse et de la faune sauvage

    With additional financial support from:Conseil rgional des Pays de la Loire

    Wetlands InternationalInternational Wader Studies 13

    2006

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    Wetlands International 2006

    Pages from this publication may be reproduced freely for educational, journalistic and other non-commercial purposes(subject to any disclaimers). Prior permission must be given for all other forms of reproduction. Full credit must always begiven to the copyright holder.

    ISBN-10: 90-5882-027-0ISBN-13: 978-90-5882-027-3

    This publication should be cited as follows: Ferrand, Y. 2006. Sixth European Woodcock and Snipe Workshop Proceedings of an International Symposium of the Wetlands International Woodcock and Snipe Specialist Group,2527 November 2003, Nantes, France. International Wader Studies 13, Wageningen, The Netherlands, vi + 114 pp.

    Scientific Committee:A. Hoodless (Game Conservancy Trust),D. MacAuley (FWS Patuxent Wildlife Research Center) andY. Ferrand (Office national de la chasse et de la faune sauvage)

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    Cover photograph: Woodcock during feeding. Andr le Gall

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    List of participants ....................................................................................................................................................... iv

    Foreword .......................................................................................................................................................................... v

    Population estimates and trends of the worlds Woodcocks and Snipes with special reference toglobally threatened speciesSimon Delany ................................................................................................................................................................ 1

    WoodcockWoodcock (Scolopax rusticola) breeding biology in Pico Island (Azores Portugal)

    Ana-Luisa Machado, Yves Ferrand, Franois Gossmann, Antnio M. Silveira and David Gonalvs .......................... 10Woodcock hunting bag statistics in Russia since 1996

    Yuri Yu. Blokhin, Anton P. Mezhnev and Sergei Yu. Fokin ............................................................................................ 17Assessment of the abundance of Woodcock over the last ten hunting seasons in France

    Jean-Franois Cau and Jean-Paul Boidot ................................................................................................................... 24Individual wintering strategies in the Eurasian Woodcock

    Olivier Duriez, Herv Fritz, Yves Ferrand, Yann Tremblay and Jean Clobert ................................................................. 27What census method for migrating and wintering Woodcock populations?

    Yves Ferrand, Franois Gossmann, Claudine Bastat and Michel Gunzan ............................................................... 37National roding censuses in Russia

    Yuri Yu. Blokhin and Sergei Yu. Fokin .......................................................................................................................... 44Development of a survey method for breeding Woodcock and its application to assessing the status of the

    British populationAndrew Hoodless, Deborah Lang, Rob Fuller, Nicholas Aebischer and Julie Ewald .................................................... 48

    Winter survival rates of Eurasian Woodcock in western France, with reference to huntingOlivier Duriez, Cyril Eraud and Yves Ferrand ................................................................................................................ 55

    Survival rates of Russian WoodcocksIsabelle Bauthian, Ivan I. Iljinsjy, Sergei Yu. Fokin, Romain Julliard, Franois Gossmann and Yves Ferrand ................. 62

    Identification test of suitable Woodcock breeding habitats in mountain areas (Isre dpartement, France)Estelle Lauer, Patrice Sibut, Benot Dutertre, Stphanie Colinon, Yves Ferrand and Christophe Duchamp ................. 66

    The origins of Woodcocks wintering in France (abstract)Romain Julliard, Isabelle Bauthian and Franois Gossmann ....................................................................................... 71

    SnipeInfluence of human activities on habitat use by African Snipe (Gallinago nigripennis) in Kenya

    Cecilia Gichuki, Nathan N. Gichuki and Lucy M. Gakuo .............................................................................................. 74Breeding biology and habitat selection of the Common and Great Snipes in Belarus

    Edward Mongin ........................................................................................................................................................... 82Display activity and breeding biology of Jack Snipe in the Bolshezemelskaya tundra

    Vladimir V. Morozov ..................................................................................................................................................... 89Breeding density and habitat use of Common Snipe in upland Britain

    Andrew Hoodless and David Baines ........................................................................................................................... 95Some behavioural aspects of Jack Snipe (Lymnocryptes minimus), wintering in France

    Gilles Leray, Michel Lepley, Pierre Defos du Rau, Matthieu Vaslin and Jean-Yves Mondain-Monval ......................... 102

    Woodcock and SnipeWing survey of Woodcock and Snipes in Denmark

    Ib Clausager .............................................................................................................................................................. 108

    Contents

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    List of participants

    BelarusEdward MONGIN

    CanadaRichard COUTURE

    DenmarkIb CLAUSAGER

    FranceDominique ARRIBERTClaudine BASTATIsabelle BAUTHIANJean-Paul BOIDOTJean-Marie BOUTINAlain CAIZERGUESJean-Franois CAUJacques DARETMarc DARRIGADEOlivier DURIEZBenoit DUTERTRECharles FADATYves FERRANDFranois GOSSMANNMichel GUENEZANPierre LAUNAYMichel LEPLEYGilles LERAYMichel VALLANCEMatthieu VASLIN

    GermanyHerby KALCHREUTER

    Great BritainSimon HARTAndrew HOODLESS

    ItalyLoris GALLISylvio SPANO

    KenyaCecilia GICHUKI

    The NetherlandsSimon DELANY

    PortugalDavid GONCALVESPedro CARDIA LOPESAna Luisa MACHADO

    RussiaSergei FOKINIvan ILJINSKYAnton MEZHNEVVladimir MOROZOVPetr ZVEREV

    SwitzerlandFranois ESTOPPEYBlaise MULHAUSER

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    Every five years on average, the Woodcock and SnipeSpecialist Group (WSSG) of Wetlands International andIUCN The World Conservation Union will organise aworkshop to provide information on Woodcock and Sniperesearch whereby the WSSG members are offered theopportunity to meet and improve the efficiency of thenetwork. The sixth workshop was held in Nantes (France)under the auspices of the French Ministry of ecolo

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