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The main goal of the project is to stop the decline of the great snipe population and to achieve the favourable conservation status of the species in Poland. This will be achieved through the implementation of the six specific objectives and accompanying activities. They result directly from the analysis of the conservation status assessment of great snipe and its habitats as well as identified threats carried out as part of the development of the National Action Plan.
Halting the population decline and achieving the favourable conservation status of great snipe will be achieved through the implementation of the following intermediate objectives:
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As part of the previous LIFE project for the active conservation of the great snipe in the Upper Narew River Valley (LIFE11 NAT/PL/436), implemented together with the Polish Society for the Protection of Birds (2012-16), Natura International Polska prepared the National Action Plan for the Great Snipe in Poland (SAP), which was subsequently approved by the General Directorate for Environmental Protection in Warsaw. On the basis of the SAP, together with the Lublin Ornithological Society, we have prepared a LIFE project for the implementation of the first phase of the SAP in 2019-2024.
The main reason for the decline in the number of the great snipe in Poland and the reduction of its range compared to the 1980s and 1990s is the loss of breeding habitats as a result of unfavourable environmental changes, mainly caused by anthropogenic factors. In the 1990s, the national population of the great snipe was estimated at 750-900 mating males. Currently, its number is estimated at 400-550 males. Compared to the 1990s, we can therefore speak of a drastic decline in the species abundance reaching over 40%. By far the most serious current threat to the population of the great snipe, identified in all key species sites, is the lack of water, followed by abandonment of land and consequent succession of the habitats. Predation of native and introduced species was also indicated as significant.