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Snipe (Gallinago gallinago)

UK Lead Organisation:
County Lead Organisation:
  • To maintain both the present breeding population (c. forty pairs) and the number of sites (10-15) at which breeding occurs.
  • To increase the numbers and distribution of breeding snipe.

  • Seek to consider the requirements of snipe when establishing and reviewing agri-environment schemes. (DEFRA) 
  • Include specific targets for the restoration and recreation of lowland wet grassland within the LEAP process. (EA)
  • When developing Capital Flood Defence Schemes, consider the use of floodplain grassland as natural flood storage and seek to re-designate areas as ‘washland’. (EA)
  • Ensure any examples of sites containing populations of this species and that meet the required criteria are given SBI status. (SBI Grading Committee)
  • The snipe is listed under annex II of the Bonn Convention.
Management, Monitoring, Research and Survey
  • Seek to target Environmental Stewardship at areas of former wet grassland in the Sow, Penk, Trent and Blithe floodplain. (DEFRA, FWAG, RSPB, EN)
  • Ensure that Water Level Management Plans for Doxey and Tillington Marshes, Baswich Meadows and Rawbones Meadow, Doley Common and Pasturefields Saltmarsh provide for the hydrological requirements of breeding snipe. (EA, Sow & Penk IDB, SWT)
  • Ensure effective management agreements covering agricultural practices and water level management are in place on all SSSIs which formerly, currently, or have the potential to, support breeding snipe. (NE)
  • Seek to restore existing and future gravel pits in the Trent-Tame floodplain to lowland wet grassland. (Mineral companies, CRP)
  • Promote good practice (i.e. shallow profile to ditch sides) and seek to enhance habitat conditions for breeding snipe during routine maintenance of drainage infrastructure. (EA, Sow & Penk IDB)
  • Seek to encourage small scale ‘rewetting’ of individual fields, through the blocking of drains and grips, to encourage boggy conditions and shallow surface water for breeding snipe. (DEFRA, FWAG, RSPB, landowners)
  • Examine the feasibility of constructing sluice systems on potential lowland grassland sites. (EA)
  • Encourage snipe records from members of the public. (WMBC)
  • Identify candidate hydrological units for restoration of lowland wet grassland and carry out feasibility studies. (EA, NE, RSPB)
  • Increase species awareness for the public and landowners through education, promotion and events. (SBAP Partnership)
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