Background

Hunters for Conservation

Hunters engage every day right across Europe to conserve nature and biodiversity.

FACE and its Members represent the 7 million hunters of Europe and therefore a large group of active and passionate conservationists investing countless work hours and financial resources in the conservation of biodiversity and habitats.

Hunters are true conservationists: Hunters spent significant amounts of their time in nature; they love hunting, habitats and wildlife. Hunters are not just mere observers but they interact with nature and thus know it better than anybody else. 

FACE developed the Biodiversity Manifesto in 2010 to demonstrate the pro-active role hunting plays in nature conservation

Many FACE Members and hunters are undertaking  actions outlined in the Biodiversity Manifesto. FACE aims to provide concrete numbers & figures quantifying what hunters and their organisations do for Biodiversity.

FACE will showcase existing examples of hunters engagement for biodiversity by presenting case studies of projects and intitiatives here:
  • Sowing for biodiversity: ongoing achievements by Dutch hunters. Link 
  • Combining nature protection and cultural activities in the Minervois Region, France. Link
  • The Cairngorms National Park management. Link
  • The Holsteiner Lebensraum Korridore Project. Link
  • Restoring an alluvial forest in Flanders, Belgium. Link
  • Recording harvest parameters and monitoring fame species’ population dynamics in Greece. Link  
  • Restoring wetlands for birds in Finland. Link 
  • French hunters take care of wetlands in the Natural Park of Brenne. Link 
  • Protecting Irish Red Grouse on Boleybrack Mountain. Link 
  • Recovering the Iberian Lynx in Spain and Portugal. Link 
  • Saving Poland’s declining Capercaillie populations. Link
  • Project Fjällgås - Swedish hunters helping to save the endangered Lesser White-fronted Goose. Link
  • Baltic Large Carnivore Project: an interdisciplinary approach to regional conservation. Link
  • Hunters halting the decline of Bulgaria’s Eastern rock partridgeLink
  • Maltese hunters and trappers conserve habitats of migratory species in Natura 2000 site. Link
  • Best LIFE Nature/Information projects 2015: Nordic hunters turning the tide of alien predator invasions. Link
  • Hunters join researchers and conservationists in innovative wolf survey in Slovakia. Link
  • Hunters entrusted with the management of the Slano Kopovo Nature Reserve in Serbia. Link
  • Hunters win the Natura 2000 Award in the socio-economic benefits category. Link
  • Fundación Oso Pardo: when hunting is reconciling with bear conservation. Link
  • Spanish hunters and their research on migratory species. Link
  • W.I.L.D. - The German Wildlife Information System. Link
  • Breeding Success and Predation in Danish Grey Partridge. Link
  • Greek Hunters and their research programme: «Phenology of bird migration in Greece» here.
  • Finnish hunters involved in LIFE project for restoration of wetland habitats. Read about the project here.
  • BASC’s “Green Shoots” was recognised by Welsh Assembly General as an example of sustainable land management. Read about the project here.
  • French hunters’ initiative selected finalist for European Commission’s Natura 2000. Read about the project here. 
  • Lamezia Terme plain in Italy: Hunters created resting and feeding areas for migratory birds. Read about the project here.
  • Stagni della Piana: Italian hunters created wetlands. Read about the project here.