Actions planned and results


Direct intervention at the selected sites in order to improve or increase the total area of suitable habitats for Hermann’s tortoises.


These are experimental actions, which can later be generalised and transferred to sites with similar problems.



They consist of :

- opening up the habitat  (tree cutting and bush clearing)

- improving hedges and copses

- creating water points

- using the necessary means to increase grazing at the intervention sites by involving local stakeholders in order to make the interventions permanent

- experimental improvement of the ground vegetation

- experimental controlled burning.
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Manual brushing and scrub mosaic

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Mechanical clearing and logging

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Creation of water points
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Sheep, cattle and asin maintenance of Hermann’s tortoise habitats

Experimental controlled burning

An assessment is needed to better know the impact of management actions on habitats and populations.

These studies in the program can improve our knowledge of the ecology, demography or behavior of the tortoise.

All results will adapt and optimize conservation measures for the species.



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Evaluations of habitat management actions for Hermann’s Tortoise

Following the destruction of their habitat, individuals can no longer be released on their original site, they can be moved to populations weakened.

Experiments on translocation techniques are implemented in the project.

Information and awareness are essential to contribute to the conservation of the Hermann’s tortoise.

Their main objectives are to improve the consideration of the species in planning projects and to change behaviors that affect wild populations and supportive environments.



Various media adapted to each of the public are published and distributed during the Life project :

- a trilingual brochure about the species and the project for institutional actors

- an information leaflet for the general public

- an educational exhibition and a photographic exhibition

- wildlife documentary film dedicated to the Hermann tortoise

- a website dedicated to the Hermann’s tortoise and the European Life program

- e-newsletters

- a phone number : SOS Hermann tortoise to answer questions and to be redirected to the relevant actors in each of the areas on

- newspaper articles reporting the news of the project and the species

- regular appearances in the media (TV, internet, ...)

- support tools for the management of tortoise habitats.

All these communication tools are addressed not only to the actors and public buildings, but also aim to have a national and European dimension in order to contribute to the conservation of the Hermann’s tortoise throughout its range .

Importantly, children’s education is based on the production of appropriate educational tools educational kits, school activities.

Finally, events are organized during the program in order to achieve a common work of reflection, networking, information and consultation on issues related to the tortoise (international workshop on the management of Hermann’s tortoises habitats , symposiums, public information meetings, technical meetings, ...).

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Trilingual brochure corporate brochure and public published in the program

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Exhibition and large format photo exhibition

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Public information meetings

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Communication plan and news articles



The aim is to reinforce the surveillance of the sites, and to undertake a number of specific interventions aiming at the long-term improvement of the regulatory issues concerning this species.



With this in mind, police operations will be two-fold: 

- prevention through increased public awareness
- enforcement through site surveillance, organisation of specific operations, control of breeding establishments and of individual breeders, and e-commerce surveillance.

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Hermann’s tortoise is found in 10 European Union countries, and its conservation status is of concern in most of them.
There is a need to share ideas and experience in order to act quickly and efficiently for its protection. International concern regarding the status of this species warrants a synergy of actions.



The Life program will help produce practical tools for managing tortoise sites at national and European level.

These management tools will help present transferrable actions, how they can be reproduced, the potential results and the range of communication tools available.

They will also include the experiences of other European partners and they will aim to reach all those involved in managing this species and its environment in France and Europe.



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Study trip and development collaborations in Catalonia (Spain)

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Study trip to Macedonia


A document entitled "conservation plan after Life" will be produced at the end of the project. It will demonstrate how certain actions of the program will be continued and / or developed after the project.
It is a strategy for the conservation of the Hermann tortoise in the long term and to sustain the actions initiated under the European program LIFE +.

Understand to protect and conserve

Action to restore and maintain

Inform to educate and involve