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Do hunting bag changes match the population trends of turtle dove? The case of Spain

AuthorsMoreno-Zarate, Lara; Peach, Will; Arroyo, Beatriz
KeywordsPopulation trends
Hunting bag
Turtle doves
Issue Date2017
Citation33rd IUBG Congress - 14th Perdix Symposium (2017)
AbstractTurtle dove (Streptopelia turtur) is a trans-Saharan migratory species recently up-listed to Vulnerable status in the Red List of Threatened Species. Breeding populations of turtle doves are declining throughout Europe, declines being particularly severe in certain countries (e.g: England, where the population has declined by 93% since 1995). Current estimates attribute 75% of the global breeding population to Europe, the remainder occurring in North Africa and Asia. This fact is especially relevant since turtle dove hunting is allowed in eleven of the member estates of the EU, where large numbers of turtle doves are hunted annually. The European country where the greatest amount of turtle doves is hunted is Spain (around 701.600 birds in 2014), through which also passes the main migratory route for western European turtle dove populations. We analyzed turtle dove population trends for the different regions of Spain and for the whole country using available data from SACRE (Spanish contribution to the Pan-European Common Bird Monitoring Schemes (PECBMS) designed by the European Bird Census Council, and carried out in Spain by SEO/Birdlife International). Data from this program (kindly provided by SEO) included observations of turtle doves in 10x10 km quadrats in most of the Spanish regions from 1996 to 2016. Additionally, we compiled the number of birds hunted in each region from the official hunting statistics available since 2006 in the Ministry of Agriculture, Fishing, Food and Environment (before 2006, official statistics did not separate turtle doves hunted from other bird species). We show that Turtle dove abundance in Spain declined around 40% since 1996. The decline happened in most of Spanish regions and it was especially remarkable in the North, where hunting is relative unimportant. Therefore, it seems that hunting is not the main reason behind the declines. Nonetheless, annual variation in the number of turtle doves hunted in each region was unrelated to annual variation in turtle dove abundance. Globally, hunting pressure (numbers shot) has not significantly diminished since 2006, despite observed population declines. Thus, although hunting is not the main driver of the decline, results also indicate that it could be an aggravating factor, and that current tools to determine the number of turtle doves that may be hunted are not efficient enough, or not correctly applied.
DescriptionResumen del trabajo presentado al 33rd International Union of Game Biologist Congress and 14th Perdix Symposium, celebrados en Montpellier (Francia) del 22 al 25 de agosto de 2017.
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