LIFE EuroSAP - Coordinated Efforts for International Species Recovery

 

Implementation period: April 2015 to September 2018

 

Implementation area: European Union countries and African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbird Agreement member states

 

Target Vulture species: Cinereous Vulture, Bearded Vulture

 

Summary

The LIFE Euro SAP aims to develop new Species Action Plans (SAPs) and to review and update existing SAPs for a total of 16 species.

 

The Species Action Plans provide the status, ecology and threats of bird species and are used by the European Commission to undertake the key actions required to improve their conservation status in Europe. SAPS also conditions for effective coordination among the European Commission, EU Member States, the international conventions and non-governmental organizations involved in international bird conservation efforts.

 

This revision is more than urgent as several species benefiting from SAPs have seen their conservation status deteriorate lately, and/or have very old SAPs - the latter is the case of the bearded vulture, which is covered by a SAP from the end of the 90s, that does not include some of the more recent threats and populations dynamics, including the results from the several reintroduction projects that the VCF is coordinating.

 

By early 2018, the finalized plans will be ready to be adopted by the European Commission, the AEWA (African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbird Agreement) and participating Member States. In order to promote and monitor SAP implementation across Europe, Africa and Asia, a web-based platform collecting and sharing relevant information was created.

 

Partners

BirdLife International (leading partner), Naturschutzbund Deutschland e. V. [NABU], Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB), Sveriges Ornitologiska Forening – BirdLife Sweden (SOF), Vereniging tot de Bescherming van Vogels (VBN), Sociedad Española de Ornitología (SEO/BirdLife), Vulture Conservation Foundation (VCF), Sociedade Portuguesa para o Estudo das Aves (SPEA), Lithuanian Ornithological Society (LOD), Ligue pour la Protection des Oiseaux (LPO), Hellenic Ornithological Society (HOS), Federation of Associations for Hunting and Conservation of the EU (FACE)

 

VCF main actions/activities in the project

  • Evaluation of the Implementation of the Action Plans of the Cinereous Vulture and Bearded Vulture;
  • Update of the Status Report  of the Cinereous Vulture and Bearded Vulture;
  • Elaboration of the species status reports and consultation with stakeholders;
  • Workshop with experts and stakeholders from the relevant flyway countries for the Bearded Vulture.

For more information, visit the EuroSAP website

 

News about the EuroSAP project

Wed

27

Jun

2018

Updated news: First record of bearded vulture in Portugal in the last 100 years

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Sun

10

Jun

2018

First bearded vultures released this year in Europe already fledged (in Baronnies), while two more birds released in Austria this weekend

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Tue

29

May

2018

First bearded vultures released in new reintroduction programme in Spain

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Thu

24

May

2018

Landmark day for vulture conservation in Europe

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Sat

19

May

2018

Release season continues with another bearded vulture reintroduction in Andalusia (22nd May)

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Fri

18

May

2018

Bearded vulture reintroductions: New project in Maestrazgo kicks off in style

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Sun

13

May

2018

One more bearded vulture will be released tomorrow in Andalusia

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Wed

09

May

2018

One step closer to bring black vultures back to Bulgaria – 1st black vultures transported from Spain to the Balkans

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Thu

03

May

2018

Helping vultures by reinforcing wild ungulates in Bulgaria – 138 deer have already been translocated to the Eastern Rhodopes as part of the LIFE RE Vultures

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Wed

02

May

2018

Reintroducing bearded vultures to the wild – release season is starting this Sunday!

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Sat

28

Apr

2018

Breeding bearded vulture dies after colliding with cable in Vanoise - single partner continues to take care of the chick

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Sat

21

Apr

2018

Banning Diclofenac in Portugal – light at the end of the tunnel?

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Tue

17

Apr

2018

Do we have a baby bearded vulture in the Écrins National Park (France)?

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Tue

10

Apr

2018

Cinereous vulture recorded on video in The Gambia – a first for the West Africa country

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Mon

09

Apr

2018

Adult bearded vulture seen in Mt. Olympus (mainland Greece)

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Thu

05

Apr

2018

Tono and Blimunda do it again! Second bearded vulture hatched in the wild in Andalucía this year.

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Mon

02

Apr

2018

Fourth newsletter of the LIFE+ GYPCONNECT published – linking bearded vultures from the Alps to the Pyrenees

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Sun

01

Apr

2018

Hope and resilience - cinereous vultures resurrect from the ashes in the Douro canyon – Happy Easter!

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Sat

31

Mar

2018

68 (Easter) eggs in the bearded vulture captive breeding season - but number of resulting chicks will be average

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Wed

21

Mar

2018

Infogipeto - latest newsletter on the bearded vulture reintroduction project in the Alps just published (in Italian)

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Tue

13

Mar

2018

Strange taste for food, but immensely beneficial and vulnerable – vultures in Eastern Rhodopes. They are just brilliant! New film

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Mon

12

Mar

2018

Italy – bearded vulture symposium and field count in Stelvio will take place this weekend!

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Fri

02

Mar

2018

Dispatches from the field: 3 pairs of bearded vultures incubating in Vanoise while breeding has been confirmed (at long last!) in the Écrins (Alps)

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Thu

01

Mar

2018

New paper: Antibiotics found in carcasses left in vulture supplementary feeding sites in Portugal

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Mon

26

Feb

2018

Mourning bearded vulture Durzon

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Tue

20

Feb

2018

Cinereous vulture tagged and released back to the wild in Jordan – in images

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Mon

12

Feb

2018

Bearded vulture Roc Genèse is in Buseu!

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Sun

11

Feb

2018

When age does not matter – 48 years old bearded vulture is still breeding

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Sat

10

Feb

2018

Cinereous vulture flyway action plan featured in this month´s Quercus magazine

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Fri

09

Feb

2018

An update on the bearded vulture captive-breeding season – lots of eggs, chicks hatching now

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Thu

08

Feb

2018

Good news from the Alps – early start of the breeding season and already two new pairs of bearded vultures!

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Tue

06

Feb

2018

Italy – bearded vulture symposium and field count in Stelvio to be organised in March

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Fri

02

Feb

2018

First for Jordan – cinereous vulture tagged and released back to the wild – He is now wintering in Saudi

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Thu

01

Feb

2018

Whooshh! An adult bearded vulture alights near a webcam in the Gran Paradiso National Park

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Wed

31

Jan

2018

New vulture book for children (in German) - Geier Georg auf der Flucht

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Mon

29

Jan

2018

Bearded vultures - and one of the most remarkable wildlife comeback stories of our times - features in Geographical

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Sat

27

Jan

2018

We have a baby! The first bearded vulture of the season hatched in Haringsee (Austria)

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Sun

21

Jan

2018

Bearded vultures in the French Pyrenees safer from disturbance from helicopter overflights

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Fri

19

Jan

2018

39 eggs and counting in the bearded vulture captive breeding network - like this one in La Garenne Zoo

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Wed

17

Jan

2018

With more snowstorms coming to the Alps this week, bearded vultures are… breeding!

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Tue

16

Jan

2018

An European vulture in Mauritania - and an African one in Spain

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Sun

14

Jan

2018

Two cinereous vultures found dead, presumably poisoned, in Thrace (Greece)

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Wed

10

Jan

2018

Why do foraging Spanish vultures stop at the border with Portugal? Because of different sanitary policies!

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Tue

09

Jan

2018

Video: Anti-collision markers put on a high-voltage line with a drone (LIFE GYPHELP)

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Mon

08

Jan

2018

29 eggs and counting – busy period in the bearded vulture captive breeding network!

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Fri

05

Jan

2018

Bearded vultures featured in Le Monde

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Wed

03

Jan

2018

The VCF top stories for 2017

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Wed

27

Dec

2017

Bulgarian partners visit nest platforms for cinereous vultures in Portugal

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Tue

26

Dec

2017

Cinereous Vulture Flyway Action Plan published

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Mon

11

Dec

2017

Black vultures continue to increase in Mallorca – 2017 was again a record breeding year

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Sat

09

Dec

2017

Bearded vulture Adonis, the great traveler, is back in the Grands Causses!

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Fri

08

Dec

2017

The status of cinereous vultures in Armenia

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Sat

02

Dec

2017

1st egg of the 2017-2018 breeding season in the Bearded vulture captive breeding network

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Fri

01

Dec

2017

Another VCF milestone – final drafts of the European International Species Actions Plans for the bearded vulture and the cinereous vulture produced

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Sat

25

Nov

2017

Last chance to see the spectacular documentary on our LIFE GYPCONNECT on ARTE

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Fri

03

Nov

2017

Bearded vultures in the Alps - come to Passy (Haute Savoie) next weekend (12th November) to participate in one of several public events

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Thu

02

Nov

2017

Finally flying - the harrowing story of the young bearded vulture Mison

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Wed

01

Nov

2017

Three captive bearded vultures die because of West Nile virus - a serious threat for the International Bearded Vulture captive breeding program

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Mon

23

Oct

2017

Perceptions of vultures in France: a sociological study

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Thu

12

Oct

2017

The saga of bearded vulture Flamadel – a huge veterinary challenge!

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Tue

10

Oct

2017

Killing of a bearded vulture in Spain – suspects identified!

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Sat

30

Sep

2017

Eight more black vultures from Andalusia (Spain) transferred for the reintroduction project in France

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Thu

28

Sep

2017

Can´t miss it - the 2017 bearded vulture meeting is coming – 10-12 November, Passy, Haute-Savoie (French Alps)

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Fri

22

Sep

2017

Bearded vulture Lea is flying again in the Alps!

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Wed

20

Sep

2017

The International bearded vulture observation day is coming (7-8 October) – join us in the Alps!

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Wed

13

Sep

2017

All together for vultures in Extremadura (Spain)

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Sun

10

Sep

2017

Interesting observation of a black vulture at the Romanian Black Sea coast

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Tue

05

Sep

2017

Black vulture seen in Lisbon

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Sat

02

Sep

2017

International Vulture Day is today – Post 4 – European black vulture – did you know…?

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Sat

02

Sep

2017

International Vulture Day is today – Post 2 – Bearded vulture – did you know…?

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Tue

22

Aug

2017

Bearded vulture reintroduction projects 2017 - stories from the field II: Cleo broke her wing just before release but is still flying free above Andalusia

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Mon

21

Aug

2017

Bearded vulture reintroduction projects 2017 - stories from the field I: the long flight of Durzon!

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Sun

20

Aug

2017

Two bearded vulture chicks fledge in the wild in Andalusia

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Tue

08

Aug

2017

Looking back to another successful bearded vulture release season – but two birds unfortunately died

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Sun

06

Aug

2017

Bearded vulture seen in Poland

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Wed

26

Jul

2017

The bearded vulture in the French Pyrenees – 43 pairs last year, 44 this year, and an improvement of productivity after a decade of stagnation

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Wed

19

Jul

2017

Bearded vultures in the Alps – with 45 territories, another record-breaking breeding season

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Tue

18

Jul

2017

Black vulture breeds successfully for the third year in a row in Alentejo (Portugal)

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Wed

05

Jul

2017

Bearded vultures and lead poisoning – lead-free pilot sites on the cards in the French Pyrenees

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Sat

01

Jul

2017

New paper – bearded vulture foraging behaviour in the Pyrenees unaffected by policy-driven carcass management measures

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Tue

27

Jun

2017

Unlikely heroes behind the bearded vulture captive breeding programme – Andreas Eder and the animal transport van from Schönbrunn Zoo

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Mon

26

Jun

2017

Black vulture shows up in the eastern Alps

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Sun

25

Jun

2017

The bearded vulture in Corsica in 2017: 4 pairs and no breeding in the wild, but the young released as part of the restocking programme doing well

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Wed

21

Jun

2017

Adult bearded vulture rescued and re-released back to the wild in the French Alps

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Tue

20

Jun

2017

Guidelines for feeding bearded vultures in captivity are now also available in French

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Thu

15

Jun

2017

Looking for (bearded vulture) Kilian

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Wed

07

Jun

2017

Saving the bearded vulture in Corsica – Luna and Ercu released last weekend

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Sun

04

Jun

2017

5 more bearded vultures released back into the wild yesterday by VCF and its partners – 2 in Vercors (Pre-Alps), 2 in Corsica and 1 in Andalucia

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Thu

01

Jun

2017

Great news from Andalusia – the two breeding pairs of bearded vulture continue to raise their young in Cazorla!

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Wed

31

May

2017

7th bearded vulture of 2017 to be released in Grands Causses tomorrow – 11 still to go!

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Tue

30

May

2017

Dutch birders get Lucky! Bearded vulture released in Austria last year delights birdwatchers across the Netherlands

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Sat

27

May

2017

One young bearded vulture was released in Cazorla – the first of six this year

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Wed

24

May

2017

A first for Sweden – young, probably wild, bearded vulture seen in the country

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Sat

20

May

2017

Who is the culprit when a bone falls on your roof?

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Fri

19

May

2017

Another young bearded vulture in the Netherlands and Germany

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Tue

16

May

2017

Bearded vultures Leoux & ProNatura released in Baronnies with hundreds of people celebrating one of the most remarkable wildlife comeback stories of our times

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Sat

13

May

2017

Two more bearded vultures will be released tomorrow in Baronnies – following the first successful release of the season in the Grands Causses on the 2nd of May

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Wed

10

May

2017

Scattering of black vulture observations in northern France attests to the species increase in the country

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Sun

07

May

2017

Breeding bearded vultures in captivity – in the words of a volunteer

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Sat

06

May

2017

Bearded vulture Roc Genèse came back to its natal area in the Pre-Pyrenees – his brother Flamadel could not be tagged

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