Common Snipe (Gallinago gallinago)

The Common Snipe uses moist grasslands and fens in the Rhön area as resting habitats. It depends on breeding habitats with high soil moisture and very low intensity of utilization.
In Germany the birds are threatened by extinction. Therefore, the LIFE project aims to strengthen the population in the Rhön by enlarging their habitat. Because of the high number of sources and the narrowly branched net of small running watercourses, there is high potential for the restoration of humid meadowland.

profile of Common Snipe (Gallinago gallinago)

Description: Long bill, head with long stripes, light brown plumage with dark markings and white belly
Size: 28 cm
Weight: 120 g
Wingspan: 42 cm
Breeding Season: April to July
Brood: 1 brood per year
Breeding habitat: Wet meadows or pastures, bogs and marshes
Number of eggs: 4 eggs
Brooding period: 20 days
Food: Worms, Insects, berries, seeds
Lifespan: 12 years
Migratory bird: Yes
Threats: Predators, Draining, Afforestation
Measures: C.3 Optimizing of habitats for bird species of the Birds Directive in rough grazing areas of the SPA “Hessische Rhön”

C.4 Optimisation of habitats for meadow-breeding bird species according to the Birds Directive in the SPA “Hessische Rhön”

C.10 Management of predators in areas of meadow-breeding birds and rough grazing

Common Snipe - picture: Robert Gross

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