the book "The Spanish game species in the XXI Century" is presented

    The book is the result of a titanic work of data collection that allows us to meet the evolving demographic trends and the current distribution of abundances of the major game species in Spain.


    Hunting is sustainably exploit a renewable natural resource, and can contribute to conservation and the rural economy. To manage well the hunting activity is essential analyze trends in catches of different species. The information and data provided by hunters are key to the science behind all sensible game management.

    Espanolas game species XXI_Portada centuryThis is the basis on which is based the book "The Spanish game species in the XXI century"Written by José Luis Garrido collaboration with Javier Ferreres and Christian Gortázar, which will be presented tomorrow Thursday, January 16, from 13.00 h. in the auditorium of the Museo López Villaseñor, Ciudad Real.

    The book, which has an outstanding scientific contribution by the Instituto de Investigación en Recursos Cinegéticos (IREC – CSIC, UCLM, JCCM)It is the result of a titanic work data collection and information we can meet evolution, demographic trends and the current distribution of abundances of the main species huntable in Spain.

    The work is not a guide to game species, hunting or a book, not a scientific test, but contains elements of all three styles to offer a practical and simple manner, Hunting statistics patiently compiled by its main author, José Luis Garrido, over the last 20 years.

    For each of the 17 species analyzed it provides a graph in which the evolution of the results of hunting season is represented, from the 2000/01 season to the 2017/18 season. The visual information on each species is completed by two maps where recent developments-from the 2013/14 season are shown at 2017 / 18- hunting results by autonomous communities and provincial results for the 2017/18 hunting season square kilometer, respectively. The accompanying text explains the variations observed with the passage of time and territorial differences, analyzing their implications for optimal management of each of the target species.

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

    The raw data on which the findings and conclusions of the book are based are available in the following databases:[Data provinces] (For seasons 2017/18 2013/14 to) and [Data communities] (For the seasons 2000/01 to 2017/18).

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    The presentation ceremony

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

    In addition to the three authors of the book, the event was attended by Luis Arroyo, Honorary Rector of the University of Castilla-La Mancha (UCLM); Rafael Mateo, Director of the 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 director of the IREC, among others.

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    Jose Luis Garrido Martin Born in Santovenia de Pisuerga (Valladolid) in 1943. Hunter since he is aware, he has been president of the Hunting Federation of Castilla and Leon (1987-1996), vice president of the RFEC (2000-2004), director of the School Spanish hunting (1997-2006) and CEO of FEDENCA (2008-12), the foundation for the defense of nature and hunting RFEC. From its 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, the same day will be held several technical meetings in which they will address some of the hot topics and topical of the hunting areaSuch as the issue of turtle dove, rabbit statement as endangered by IUCN and the role of hunting in control of the overabundance of wild boars. These meetings will have representatives of the RFEC and Regional Federations, as well as scientific experts in the different topics covered, including researchers Beatriz Arroyo, Rafael Villafuerte and Joaquin Vicente meet.

    El libro en la radio y la televisión

    The Dr. Christian Gortázar, investigador del IREC y coautor del libro, es entrevistado en el programa “Onda Agraria” de Onda Cero sobre los contenidos del libro y su utilidad para conocer el estado poblacional de las principales especies cinegéticas en España, así como su evolución a lo largo de las dos últimas décadas. En este enlace se puede acceder al podcast completo [minutos 8:30 a 18:18]. También puedes acceder a la entrevista que le hicieron en el programa “CMM Despierta de Radiotelevisión de Castilla-La Mancha.