Resumption of the trapping sessions for the European mink

Resumption of the trapping sessions for the European mink

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SEPTEMBER 2018

More than 30 sessions will be implemented from September 2018 to March 2019 in the LIFE VISON area.

Trapping sessions to detect the presence of the European mink

To identify the areas where the European mink occurs, the LPO and GREGE team will conduct several trapping sessions on different parts of the LIFE VISON area. The European minks caught will be micro-chipped to allow their identification if they are trapped again.

These trapping sessions will improve the knowledge about European mink, particularly its home range, in order to implement relevant conservation actions in the Charente catchment area.

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Piège camouflé, posé sur une berge et calé contre un arbre (©GREGE)

Contact

LIFE VISON Project Coordinator
Ingrid Marchand
PHONE: +33 5 46 82 12 45
ADRESS: LPO – Les Fonderies Royales, 8-10 rue du Docteur Pujos – CS 90263 – 17305 Rochefort

 

A European mink spotted and photographed in the Rochefort marshes!

A European mink spotted and photographed in the Rochefort marshes!

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SEPTEMBER 2018

On August 22th, a European mink, a critically endangered species, was observed crossing a path in a plot belonging to the LPO (Birdlife France) in the Rochefort marshes.

The European mink is definitely present in the Rochefort marshes

The trapping session conducted in March 2018 in the LPO properties was a success since it reported the highest population density of European mink in France (6 individuals micro-chipped and released in 10 days of trapping session in the Rochefort marshes). On August 22, a European mink was spotted in the same marsh. It stopped for a few instants on a path allowing the LPO team to take a photo.

How to recognize a European mink?

It has a slender and supple body, short legs and little ears not prominent. Its upper and lower lips are white.

Vison d'Europe dans les marais de Rochefort

European mink (© F.Pailler)

Contact

LIFE VISON Project Coordinator
Ingrid Marchand
PHONE: +33 5 46 82 12 45
ADRESS: LPO – Les Fonderies Royales, 8-10 rue du Docteur Pujos – CS 90263 – 17305 Rochefort

LIFE VISON: 6 European minks identified during the first trapping session!

LIFE VISON: 6 European minks identified during the first trapping session!

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APRIL 2018

In early March, six rare European minks were equipped with a microchip in the Rochefort marshes.

A conservation programme for the European mink, a critically endangered species

The LIFE VISON programme began in September 2017 with the aim of ending the threats endangering the European mink. This 5 year programme is mainly supported by the European Commission and takes place in 8 Natura 2000 sites in the Charente catchment. It is a priority area since no American mink population is established there.

Trapping sessions, an essential tool to monitor rare populations

Trapping sessions enable the collection of data about European mink such as its home range, its breeding period, the suitable habitats… This data is then used to implement relevant and efficient conservation actions such as natural habitat restoration or implementation of wildlife crossings for semi aquatic mammals.
The first trapping session in March was promising since 4 females and 2 males were captured in 10 days! Our field team equipped them with a microchip before releasing them.

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Contact

LIFE VISON Project Coordinator
Ingrid Marchand
PHONE: +33 5 46 82 12 45
ADRESS: LPO – Les Fonderies Royales, 8-10 rue du Docteur Pujos – CS 90263 – 17305 Rochefort

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