BURGUNDY: major study of mammals and roads launched

Everyone is invited to participate.

Autun-Burgundy Wildlife Observatory Natural History Society press release

Collisions: Exploring Mammals on the Roads

Roads are the main cause of death for wild animals. You just have to drive a few kilometers to understand it. But what is the real impact of road infrastructure on mammals? This collaborative survey, run by SHNA-OFAB before the end of the year and open to everyone, will provide answers.
First data to fill

The Burgundy Fauna Database (BBF), the SHNA-OFAB naturalist database, contains a certain amount of information on this subject: 5818 sightings of dead mammals on the roads and 4662 specimens seen alive on the roads. In 2021 alone, 578 mammals were seen on the roads. These data need to be supplemented in order to clarify knowledge and be able to carry out protective measures in the “black” sectors for wildlife.
To learn more about the results of the 2020 survey, check out the report.

Wild cat, the emblem of this investigation

Found in the northeast of France, mainly in Lorraine, Champagne-Ardennes, Franche-Comté and Burgundy, the wild cat (Felissilvestris) inhabits the forested regions of Burgundy. This is a cautious animal, the most frequent contact of which takes place on the road, in the light of car headlights. This beautiful feline is listed on Appendix II of the Berne Convention and thus has been protected since 1980 in countries (including France) that have ratified it. It suffers to a large extent from the intensification of the road network, which fragments its habitat and creates a barrier effect on the dispersal of individuals. Red fox, European hedgehog, European badger, etc. : This collision problem affects other mammalian species as well.

How and why to take part in the survey?

To submit your data, go to the website www.shna-ofab.fr and click on the image corresponding to your survey in the slideshow on the main page or directly on this link. Even if the species cannot be identified, feel free to take a photo, if possible, and tag “unidentified mammal”.
The data collected through this survey is priceless! They will allow identifying and prioritizing “black spots” of collisions, identifying the most accident-prone sections of the road and breaks in ecological continuity. The purpose of this investigation is to take protective measures, for example through technical work.
At any time, you can send your observations by going to E-Observations, and thus take part in the inventory of the fauna of Burgundy.

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Find out more on the survey page by clicking here

Natural History Society of the Autun-Burgundy Faunal Observatory (SHNA-OFAB)
Autun’s Natural History Society (SHNA), an association recognized for the public benefit and approved for the protection of the environment, is a scientific society formed in 1886. It is engaged in the study and protection of biodiversity in Burgundy. His disciplines include zoology, botany, mycology, paleontology and geology. Through its Burgundy Wildlife Observatory (OFAB) program, launched over 20 years ago, the association has a particular interest in wildlife species. Employees, scientists and specialists, conduct inventories, population monitoring, research, publications, educational and environmental activities, including with the help of volunteers. They also manage a regional wildlife database: Bourgogne Base Fauna (BBF). The purpose of these actions is to better know the species so that they can be better taken into account in policies to conserve our environment and its biodiversity.
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