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UROGALLO CANTABRICO - Conservation of the Cantabrian Capercaille(Tetrao urogallus cantabricus) in its habitat in the Cantabrian Mountain range.

LIFE09 NAT/ES/000513


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Contact details:

Project Manager: Ignacio TORRES
Tel: +34 911 210921
Email: itorres@fundacion-biodiversidad.es



Project description:

Background

North-west Spain’s Cantabrian mountains are home to an isolated and endangered population of capercaillie (Tetrao urogallus), which live in forests above 800 m. This population forms the south-western edge of the EU’s capercaillie distribution and survives in an area smaller than 2 000 km2. Cantabrian capercaillies have suffered a serious decline in numbers during recent decades, particularly at the edges of the distribution range and at lower altitudes. The population is considered in danger of extinction according to the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.


Objectives

The LIFE Nature project’s objective is to improve the conservation status of the Cantabrian capercaillie (Tetrao urogallus cantabricus). Conservation works will target the Natura 2000 network sites that are being designated in the Cantabrian Mountains and so also benefit the birds’ habitat, as well as other allied species. Project outcomes are anticipated to improve the connectivity and functionality of the capercaillie’s habitat. A pilot phase will test the partnership approach required for implementing conservation actions across different municipality areas. This will be followed by implementation of a full, homogenous, cross-cutting project for the entire area where the species is found, combining in-situ conservation actions (e.g. habitat improvement, control of predators and competitors, non-natural mortality reduction) with ex-situ activities (a captive breeding and restocking programme). Experts, civil society and private landowners will participate via different, and at times innovative, conservation methodologies.

Expected results:

  • The population decline of the Cantabrian capercaillie will be halted;
  • Scientific knowledge about the species will be increased and best practices identified/published regarding habitat management for the Cantabrian capercaillie;
  • Landowner participation will be secured in works to improve capercaillie habitats and traditional land use practices harmonised with the bird's conservation needs;
  • The Cantabrian capercaillie will be established as a key species in SPA management along the Cantabrian mountain range and improvements made to the bird's habitat in the SPA;
  • Measures will be implemented to reduce threats from competitors (such as red deer) and also pressures from predators;
  • A breeding pool centre will be established, making available a captive stock of birds for release and restocking purposes;
  • Opportunities will be identified for generating win-win benefits for nature conservation and rural employment through design of sustainable economic development strategies for the project area;
  • Public awareness will be raised about the capercaillie and the importance/relevance of supporting its conservation.


Results


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Environmental issues addressed:

Themes

Habitats - Grasslands


Keywords

nature conservation‚  mountainous area‚  endangered species


Target species

 Tetrao urogallus     


Natura 2000 sites

SPA ES0000055 Fuentes del Narcea y del Ibias
SCI ES0000003 PICOS DE EUROPA
SCI ES0000054 Somiedo
SCI ES0000210 ALTO SIL
SCI ES1120001 Ancares - Courel
SCI ES1200001 Picos de Europa (Asturias)
SCI ES1200002 Muniellos
SCI ES1200008 Redes
SCI ES1200009 Ponga-Amieva
SCI ES1300001 Liébana
SCI ES1300021 Valles altos del Nansa y Saja y Alto Campoo
SCI ES4130003 PICOS DE EUROPA EN CASTILLA Y LEÓN
SCI ES4130010 SIERRA DE LOS ANCARES
SCI ES4140011 FUENTES CARRIONAS Y FUENTE COBRE-MONTAÑA PALENTINA
SPA ES0000198 Liébana
SPA ES0000251 Sierra del Cordel y cabeceras del Nansa y del Saja
SPA ES0000315 Ubiña-La Mesa
SPA ES0000364 OMAÑA
SPA ES0000374 Ancares
SCI ES4130149 OMAÑA


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Beneficiaries:

Coordinator Fundación Biodiversidad
Type of organisation NGO-Foundation
Description The co-ordinating beneficiary, Fundación Biodiversidad, is an NGO with a mandate that includes nature conservation, sustainable use of biodiversity and international development co-operation.
Partners Gobierno de Cantabria, Spain Fundación del Patrimonio Natural de Castilla y León, Spain Organismo Autónomo Parques Nacionales, Spain Gobierno del Principado de Asturias, Spain Xunta de Galicia, Spain Sociedad Española de Ornitología (Seo/BirdLife), Spain

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Project reference LIFE09 NAT/ES/000513
Duration 01-OCT-2010 to 30-SEP -2014
Total budget 7,028,505.00 €
EU contribution 3,509,252.00 €
Project location Castilla-León(España)

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Read more:

Project web site Project's website
Video link "El gran gallo de los bosques cantábricos" (06')

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