National Quail Symposium Proceedings


In the French Mediterranean region, large cultivated areas have been abandoned. Matorrals (shrublands) then woodland successional stages replace the mosaic of habitats, favourable to the red-legged Partridge Alectoris rufa. An agro-environmental operation, consisting of development of areas devoted to game crops, allowed the reopening of these landscapes on the studied site. This we followed by the development of a hunting plan and operation. We tested the impact of these managements on the dynamics of the red-legged partridge abundance. Our research showed that the limitation of hunting bag has a strong impact on the densities of partridge in spring, whereas habitat managements act favourably on the success of the reproduction and recruitment.