Population information

Order name Charadriiformes
Family name Scolopacidae
Scientific name Scolopax rusticola Common name Eurasian Woodcock
Population name Europe/South & West Europe & North Africa
Breeding range N, E, C and parts of W Europe to Turkey & Caucasus Non-breeding range W & S Europe, N Africa
Red List Category Least Concern
Ramsar regions Africa Europe
Notes

Conservation Framework

Conservation framework Notes
AEWA
EUBD
Note:

Population size

Publication Start year End year Minimum Maximum Estimate quality Notes References Actions
WPE 2 1982 1982 15,000,000 15,000,001 [R311]
WPE 3 1999 1999 15,000,000 15,000,001 [R314]
WPE 4 2005 2005 10,000,000 25,000,000 [S593] [R624]
WPE 1 0 0 2,000,000 2,000,001 [R311]
WPE 5 2005 2005 10,000,000 25,000,000 Expert opinion [R624]
CSR 4 2005 2005 10,000,000 25,000,000 Expert opinion [R624]
CSR 5 2005 2005 10,000,000 25,000,000 Expert opinion [R624]
CSR 6 1992 2012 20,000,000 26,000,000 Best guess [S8294] [R1362] [R1361] [R63] [R624]

Population trends

Publication Start year End year Trend Trend quality Notes References Actions
WPE 2 1973 1983 STA [R311]
WPE 3 1990 2000 STA [R230]
WPE 4 1990 2000 STA [R230]
WPE 1 0 0 Unknown
WPE 5 1996 2000 STA Good [R1279]
CSR 4 1990 2000 STA Poor [R230]
CSR 5 1990 2000 STA Poor [R230]
CSR 6 2000 2012 STA Poor [T6294] [R1362] [R1361] [R1279]

Population 1% level

Publication Yearset 1 percent Note
WPE 2 1997 20000
WPE 3 2002 20000
WPE 4 2006 20000
WPE 1 1994 20000
WPE 5 2012 158100
CSR 4 0 -1
CSR 5 0 -1
CSR 6 0 -1

References

  • R311 - Hepburn, I.R. 1983. Hunting bags and population of woodcock in Europe. pp. 138-145. In: Kalchreuter, H. (ed.). Proc. 2nd European Woodcock and Snipe Workshop. Fordingbridge.
  • R314 - Hirschfield, E., Roselaar, C.S. and Shirihai, H. 2000. Identification, taxonomy and distribution of Greater and Lesser Sandplovers. British Birds 93 (4): 162-189.
  • R230 - Ferrand, Y. and Gossmann, F. 2001. Elements for a Woodcock (Scolopax rusticola) management plan. Game and Wildlife Science 18(1): 115-139.
  • R624 - Thorup, O. (comp) 2006. Breeding Waders in Europe 2000. International Wader Studies 14. International Wader Study Group, UK.
  • R1279 - Ferrand Y., and Gossman, F. 2009. La B?casse des bois. Histoire naturelle.-Saint-Lucien : Effet de Lisi?re, 223 pp.
  • R1362 - European Topic Centre on Biological Diversity (in prep) Population and trend data provided by the EU Member States in the frame of their reporting under Article 12 of the EU Birds Directive. Online fact sheets. European Topic Centre on Biological Diversity, Paris. URL: http://bd.eionet.europa.eu/activities/Reporting/Article_12/Reports_2013/Member_State_Deliveries. Accessed on 31 July 2014.
  • R1361 - BirdLife International, BTO, EBCC, CSO, IUCN, RSPB, SOVON, Wetlands International (in prep) Population and trend data provided to the European Red List of Birds Project funded by the European Commission. Digital dataset. BirdLife International, Cambridge, UK. Accessed on 31 July 2014.
  • R63 - BirdLife International (2004)b. Birds in Europe, population estimates, trends and conservation status. Cambridge, UK: BirdLife International. (BirdLife Conservation Series No. 12).
  • R1549 - BirdLife International 2015. European Red List of Birds. Luxembourg: Office for Official Publications of the European Communities. http://datazone.birdlife.org/info/euroredlist

Notes

  • S593 - For populations over 2 million birds, Ramsar Convention criterion 5 (20,000 or more waterbirds) applies.
  • S8294 - European Topic Centre on Biological Diversity (in prep.) and BirdLife International et al. (in prep.) provide updated breeding population estimates for the EU MS (except CZ and GR), CH, NO and TR which sum up to 6,810,125-8,580,973 pairs. According to BirdLife International (2004), further 10,299-18,088 pairs can be in AL, AD, HR, CZ, GR, LI, MK, RS, ME and UA. This yields a total estimate of 6,820,424-8,599,061 pairs, i.e. 20,000,000-26,000,000 individuals after rounding. This new estimate agrees well with the estimate of Thorup (2006). The refinement is largely due to a more precise estimate from RU.
  • T6294 - Overall trend based on national estimates is stable. Decreasing in LV, SI, SK and the UK, not increasing anywhere, unknown in AT, BG, HU, IT, LU, NL, NO, PL, RO, TR and considered to be stable elsewhere (European Topic Centre on Biological Diversity, in prep., BirdLife International et al. in prep.). Ferrand and Gossman (2009) also considered the trend stable.
  • S9009 - 6,998,601-8,850,558 pairs
  • T7100 - The long-term trend is uncertain.



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