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

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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Mon

01

May

2017

Black vulture Bernardus is back in France!

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Sun

30

Apr

2017

Reintroducing bearded vultures to the wild – first release of the Spring this week in the Grands Causses!

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Fri

28

Apr

2017

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

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Tue

25

Apr

2017

The VCF is supporting colleagues in South Africa to establish a captive-breeding programme for the bearded vulture

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Sun

23

Apr

2017

Ostrava Zoo runs campaign for the VCF – and produces one bearded vulture chick too

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Tue

18

Apr

2017

14 pairs of black vulture – in Boumort (Spanish Pyrenees) – 8 are still breeding

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Tue

11

Apr

2017

Spectacular aerial duel between bearded vultures in the French Alps results in the death of one of them

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Mon

10

Apr

2017

Bearded vultures in the Alps – on course for another record-breaking breeding season

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Fri

07

Apr

2017

Bearded vulture “Lea” (released in Austria in 2015) has been recovered weakened in Temú (Italy), near National Park Stelvio – probably a victim of collision

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Thu

06

Apr

2017

Black vulture Bernardus is on the move again!

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Tue

04

Apr

2017

A poacher kills the last black vulture in Alinyà, Spain

Photos of Trasgu before (up) and after (down) the incident © Boumort-Alinyà Working Team
Photos of Trasgu before (up) and after (down) the incident © Boumort-Alinyà Working Team
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Sat

01

Apr

2017

Young wandering bearded vulture now in northern Germany, on the North Sea.

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Mon

27

Mar

2017

Two pairs – and two chicks – in the bearded vulture reintroduction project in Andalusia!

Marchena (left) and Hortelano (right) flying together in their territory ® Paco Montoro
Marchena (left) and Hortelano (right) flying together in their territory ® Paco Montoro
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Mar

2017

Breeding bearded vultures for reintroduction: a tale of a successful adoption of hatchling in Guadalentin

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Thu

23

Mar

2017

2016 bearded vulture captive breeding season annual report just published – record breaking season, 27 young produced & 17 reintroduced back to the wild

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Wed

22

Mar

2017

How many bearded vultures are there in the Alps? See results from the 2016 International Observation day (simultaneous census)

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17

Mar

2017

Human persecution still a threat to Himalayan bearded vultures

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Mon

13

Mar

2017

The young bearded vulture is now in the Netherlands...

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Sat

11

Mar

2017

Bearded vultures and lead poisoning – The Cévennes National Park (France) is promoting lead-free hunting practices

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Fri

10

Mar

2017

Young wandering bearded vulture still in Germany!

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Wed

08

Mar

2017

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

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Sun

05

Mar

2017

Bearded vultures in the Alps – looks like we are having another great breeding season!

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Sat

04

Mar

2017

Bearded vulture clutch extracted from a wild nest in Corsica again –  part of a plan to save this highly endangered population from extinction

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Wed

01

Mar

2017

Bernardus has overwintered in Toledo (Spain). Where will she go in Spring?

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24

Feb

2017

Bearded Vulture in Western Germany

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Mon

20

Feb

2017

Bearded vultures and lead poisoning – National Park Hohe Tauern (Austria) is promoting lead-free hunting practices

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Fri

17

Feb

2017

After Andalusia, bearded vultures are also breeding in Picos de Europa

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Mon

13

Feb

2017

And they are out - first two baby bearded vultures of the season hatched in Guadalentin

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Sun

12

Feb

2017

New data reveals there are 11-12 pairs of bearded vultures in Armenia

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Wed

25

Jan

2017

Tono and Blimunda lay an egg again in Andalusia – after the first ever successful breeding in the wild in 2015 following reintroduction, and after a gap in 2016

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Mon

23

Jan

2017

New paper on ranging of Pyrenean bearded vultures: supplementary feeding not that important (at least for breeding adults), and half of home ranges outside PAs

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Fri

20

Jan

2017

Bearded vulture captive breeding: Old ladies come to the rescue

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Wed

18

Jan

2017

News from LIFE RUPIS: Supplementary feeding points ready to receive the Egyptian vultures coming from Africa. And they are helping the local black vultures too!

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Sat

14

Jan

2017

News from the bearded vulture pairs in Andalusia: Hortelano & Marchena are in fine breeding plumage and going through all the breeding antics (see video)

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Fri

13

Jan

2017

Better and better at our bearded vulture captive breeding network – mortality rate decreases significantly while the average age at death increases!

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Mon

09

Jan

2017

Girun and Volcaire doing well – and have been celebrated by a Côtes du Rhône wine!

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Fri

06

Jan

2017

News from the LIFE Re vultures – griffon and black vultures from the Rodopes-Dadia area (Bulgaria/Greece) tracked

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Tue

03

Jan

2017

Bearded vultures in our captive breeding network kept laying eggs during Xmas and new Year!

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Fri

30

Dec

2016

A good end to a sad story - Adult bearded vulture found injured and lead-poisoned in the French Pyrenees successfully rehabilitated and released

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Tue

27

Dec

2016

Adonis – the bearded vulture last recorded in Romania, where a beer was named after it, is now back in the French Pre-Alps!

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Mon

26

Dec

2016

The Corsican bearded vulture chick extracted from an unproductive nest earlier this year is a female and is doing well!

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Fri

16

Dec

2016

Bearded vultures in the Alps are also breeding!

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Wed

14

Dec

2016

First bearded vulture in Israel for more than 10 years – and a bounty of black vultures too!

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Tue

13

Dec

2016

The Junta de Andalusia handed over to the VCF 7 Black Vultures for the reintroduction project in France

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Tue

06

Dec

2016

The bearded vulture breeding season is starting across Europe´s mountain ranges!

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Thu

01

Dec

2016

After failing in the last 4 years, the only bearded vulture pair in Andorra successfully fledged a chick this year - see the incredible images

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Mon

28

Nov

2016

Annual bearded vulture meeting 2016 – Conclusions

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Wed

23

Nov

2016

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

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Fri

18

Nov

2016

A second bearded vulture territorial pair confirmed in Andalusia

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Tue

15

Nov

2016

The 2016 Annual bearded vulture meeting a great success!

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Fri

04

Nov

2016

Vultures galore at the European Vulture Multi-species Action Plan Workshop held in Extremadura – and some great conclusions too!

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Wed

02

Nov

2016

Nuremberg Zoo has new aviary for their captive bearded vulture pair

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Tue

01

Nov

2016

Bernardus goes south again

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Sun

23

Oct

2016

New bearded vulture breeding season is just starting!

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Tue

18

Oct

2016

Cheers for Adonis – Romanian beer company makes a special edition named after the long staying bearded vulture

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Mon

10

Oct

2016

Esperanza – the first bearded vulture wild born in Andalucía in 30+ years, has been to Gredos

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Sun

09

Oct

2016

A first for France – LIFE GYPHELP puts anti-collision markers on a high-voltage line with a drone

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Thu

06

Oct

2016

International observation day is this weekend – join us! Last year 700 volunteers counted ~190 bearded vultures, or 70% of the estimated Alpine population

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Tue

04

Oct

2016

Dark year for bearded vultures in Andalusia – two more birds found poisoned in the last weeks, total for this year 3

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