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Preliminary schedule

Keynote speakers

Scientific-Program_Giovanna_Massei-1

PhD Giovanna Massei

National Wildlife Management Centre, APHA (UK)

Talk: What we don’t know about wild boar: knowledge gaps and research priorities for an overcrowded world

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Ferran Jori 2

PhD Ferran Jori

ASTRE research unit, CIRAD-INRAE (FR)

Talk: African Swine Fever and wild pig reservoirs. A moving target

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Field trips

DRONEBOAR – Use of drones for wild boar census and management (Aiguamolls de l’Empordà; Alt Empordà)

Visit to a Natura 2000 wetland area with high wild boar density. Demonstration of the use of drones with thermal and HD cameras for wild boar census. Capture techniques (corral and cage traps) applied by rangers of the Catalan Government (Cos d’Agents Rurals). Visit to the Aiguamolls de l’Empordà Natural Park visitor’s center.

ROADBOAR – Fauna passages. Census by camera trapping (Montseny; Girona)

Visit to wildlife passages (underpasses and ecoducts) used by wildboar in the High Speed Railway and a highway. Techniques applied for monitoring wildlife in fauna passages. Visit at the Montseny Natural Park Visitor’s center. Demonstration of camera trap methodology for wild boar density estimation.

URBANBOAR – Mitigation of wild boar presence in urban areas (Collserola; Barcelona)

Visit to areas of Barcelona beside Collserola Natural Park where wild boar regularly venture into urban areas. Capture techniques used for removal of wild boar and Vietnamese pot-bellied pigs and hybrids. Explanation of conflicts and non-lethal mitigation measures used to discourage wild boar presence in urban areas. Lunch at traditional picnic area within Collserola Natural Park.

WINEBOAR – Measures to reduce damages. Capture techniques (Sant Llorenç del Munt; Bages)

Demonstration of wild boar and feral belly pigs capture methods (box traps, blowguns, etc.). Visit to the area where a fertility control test is being undertaken. Visitor’s centre of Sant Llorenç del Munt Natural Park. Control damage techniques applied to protect vineyards (fencing and other methods). Visit to the wine cellar will close the field trip.

Post-conference tour

To be organised under demand.