Woodcock and Snipe Specialist Group

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The Woodcock and Snipe Specialist Group is a network of woodcock and snipe specialist (both scientists and non-scientists) concerned with the study, monitoring, management and conservation of the woodcock and snipe species populations.

Aims of the Group

The first aim of WSSG is to provide an up-to-date knowledge on eight woodcock and 18 snipe species in the world. It is also expected to encourage new research and to facilitate contacts between researchers. WSSG plays the role of expertise platform for biologists, conservationists and wildlife managers interested in woodcocks and snipes for share and exchange of information. As these are games species, the final objective is to ensure the sustainable use of the populations. For some species (European Woodcock, American Woodcock) have been running for several decades.

Due to the distribution of the species, WSSG concentrates on all continents . However, the major part of the actions is carried out in Europe and North America. In future, special effort would be made to improve knowledge of the African, South American and Asian species.


WSSG membership is open without charge to Woodcock and Snipe specialists worldwide. There are currently about 146 members from 34 countries around the world. WSSG members are automatically enrolled in the WSSG list and receive the annual Newsletter. Some become members of the IUCN Species Survival Commission (at this moment: 35, from 18 countries).

WSSG organises a Workshop every 5-6 years and publishes an annual Newsletter.

The 8th Woodcock and Snipe Workshop was held in the village of Madalena, Pico island, Azores, Portugal, from the 9th to the 11th May 2017. It was organised by the Centro de Investigação em Biodiversidade e Recursos Genéticos (CIBIO-InBIO, Portugal) and the Office national de la chasse et de la faune sauvage (ONCFS, France). The financial support came from ONCFS (France), Direção Regional da Ciência e Tecnologia (DRCT, Azores, Portugal), Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia (FCT, Portugal), Direção Regional dos Recursos Florestais (DRFF, Azores, Portugal). The Municipality of Madalena made available some of its facilities, including a modern auditorium.


Participants to the 8th WSSG Workshop in Madalena, Pico island (Azores, Portugal), in May 2017


We had 33 participants, from 10 countries: Belarus, Denmark, Estonia, France, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Portugal, Russia and the United Kingdom. The majority were members of the WSSG. In total, 26 communications (19 oral and 7 posters) were presented. The “Programme and abstracts” book  can be downloaded below (see “Publications”).

Chair: David Gonçalves
E-mail : [email protected]

Deputy Chair: Yves Ferrand
E-mail: [email protected]


8th WSSG Workshop – Program and abstract


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