The book "Spanish game species in the XNUMXst century" is presented

    The book is the result of a titanic work of data collection that allows us to know the evolution, demographic trends and the distribution of current abundances of the main game species in Spain.


    Hunting is the sustainable use of a renewable natural resource, and can contribute to conservation and the rural economy. In order to manage the hunting activity well, it is essential analyze the catch trends of the different species. The information and data provided by hunters are key to the science behind all sensible game management.

    Spanish game species XXI century_CoverThis is the foundation on which the book is based.Spanish game species in the XNUMXst century”, written by José Luis Garrido with the collaboration of Javier Ferreres and Christian Gortázar, which will be presented tomorrow, Thursday, January 16, starting at 13.00:XNUMX p.m. in the auditorium of the López Villaseñor Museum, in Ciudad Real.

    The book, which has an outstanding scientific contribution from the Instituto de Investigación en Recursos Cinegéticos (IREC – CSIC, UCLM, JCCM), is the result of a titanic work of data and information gathering that allows us to know the evolution, demographic trends and distribution of current abundances of the main game species in Spain.

    The work is not a guide to hunting species, nor a hunting book, nor a scientific essay, but contains elements of the three styles to offer, in a practical and simple way, the hunting statistics patiently compiled by its main author, José Luis Garrido, over the last 20 years.

    For each of the 17 species analyzed one is provided print shop in which the evolution of the hunting results by season is represented, from the 2000/01 season to the 2017/18 season. The visual information on each species is completed with two maps in which the recent evolution is shown –from the 2013/14 to the 2017/18 season– of the hunting results by autonomous communities and the provincial hunting results for the 2017/18 season per square kilometer of area, respectively. accompanying text explains the variations observed over time and territorial differences, analyzing their implications for optimal management of each of the treated species.

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    The book concludes with a chapter in which the authors reflect on the different factors that determine the observed changes, generally related to human activity, and encourage the reader to reflect on what the environment should be like. population monitoring of game species in the XXI century.

    The raw data on which the results and conclusions of the book are based can be consulted in the following databases:[Data by provinces] (for the 2013/14 to 2017/18 seasons) and [Data by communities] (for seasons 2000/01 to 2017/18).

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    The act of presentation

    The presentation ceremony will begin after a visit to the exhibitions “The Hunt: An Evolving Challenge” (Provincial Museum of Ciudad Real) and “Hunting for images with Miguel Delibes” (Museo de la Merced) with the personalities of the academic and hunting world invited to the event, framing the presentation of the book in the context of the commemoration of the 20th anniversary of the Institute for Research in Hunting Resources (IREC – CSIC, UCLM, JCCM).

    In addition to the three authors of the book, the event will be attended by Luis Arroyo, Honorary Rector of the University of Castilla-La Mancha (UCLM); Rafael Mateo, Director of IREC; Ignacio Valle, president of the Royal Spanish Hunting Federation (RFEC); Santiago Ballesteros, lawyer specializing in environmental and hunting law; and Rafael Villafuerte, CSIC researcher and former IREC director, among others.

    A few brushstrokes about the main author

    Jose Luis Garrido Martin He was born in Santovenia de Pisuerga (Valladolid) in 1943. A hunter since he knew it, he has been president of the Castilla y León Hunting Federation (1987-96), vice president of the RFEC (2000-2004), director of the Spanish School de Caza (1997-2006) and general director of FEDENCA (2008-12), the RFEC foundation for the defense of nature and hunting. From his various responsibilities, he has promoted all kinds of projects and studies related to hunting and game species aimed at their sustainable use.

    Associated technical meetings

    After the presentation of the book, this same day several technical meetings will take place in which some of the hot topics and current events in the field of hunting, such as the issue of the European turtle dove, the declaration of the rabbit as an endangered species by the IUCN and the role of hunting in controlling the overabundance of wild boars. These meetings will have representatives of the RFEC and the Autonomous Federations, as well as expert scientists in the different topics addressed, including researchers Beatriz Arroyo, Rafael Villafuerte and Joaquín Vicente.

    The book on radio and television

    El Dr. Christian Gortazar, IREC researcher and co-author of the book, is interviewed on the program «agrarian wave» by Onda Cero about the contents of the book and its usefulness for finding out the population status of the main game species in Spain, as well as its evolution over the last two decades. You can access the full podcast [minutes 8:30 to 18:18]. You can also access the interview they did on the program «WCW Wake up« of Radiotelevision of Castilla-La Mancha.