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Great Snipe
Gallinago media

Map of the common names

Medium-sized wader (L 28 cm), brown plumage, with barred belly, long bill and long legs. The preferred nesting habitats are marshland, flood-plain meadows and river valleys. Outside the breeding period, the species inhabits stubble fields and fern-covered ground. The diet is mostly earthworms, small molluscs and insects. Migrant.

Watercolour by Serge Nicolle

Reasons for the need for protection/inclusion in annex I
There has been a widespread decline in EU. The present population is about 2,000 pairs. The destruction and detrioration of the Great Snipe's habitat is the major causes of its decline. Intensive drainage of marshland and the intensification of farming have greatly reduces the extent of suitable breeding and feeding habitat. An additional problem is the large numbers which are shot every year.

Distribution map

yellow = summer visitor
green = resident
blue = winter visitor

Population :
1,000 / 2,000 pairs

Drawing by Manuel Manolos

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