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LIFE BONELLI - INTEGRAL RECOVERY OF BONELLI’S EAGLE POPULATION IN SPAIN

LIFE12 NAT/ES/000701


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Contact details:

Contact person: Alfonso LLAMAS
Tel: 848420721
Fax: 848420753
Email: allamass@ganasa.es



Project description:

Background

For the first time, a specific programme of conservation measures for diverse core populations of the Bonelli’s eagle (Hieraætus fasciatus or Aquila fasciata) has been developed. The programme considers the north-western Mediterranean ‘metapopulation’ in Spain and the south of France as one and studies the relationships between the different populations. Spain is home to more than 65% of the European population, and for this reason the consolidation of the species here will impact greatly on its maintenance at European level.


Objectives

The present LIFE BONELLI project aims to bring about the recovery of the Spanish population of Bonelli’s eagle, which is listed in Annex I of the Birds Directive. It will carry out a range protection measures at European, national and regional level. The project will focus on the implementation of the recovery programme developed for the Iberian Peninsula and Baleares. It will carry out actions to enhance populations in Madrid, Alava and Navarra, and to facilitate a reintroduction in Mallorca.

The project will be supported by local teams that will help to exchange individuals and share experiences, including on recovery opportunities. To improve such connections, a balanced consortium has been established, consisting of the main species recovery stakeholders.

Public administrations from the four regions (Navarra, Baleares, Álava and Madrid), will work together with the two international breeding centres for Bonelli’s eagle (GREFA & LPO). The consortium also includes Andalucía, one of the main reserves for the species at a European level.

Expected results:

  • Re-introduction of a minimum of two chicks per year of Bonelli’ Eagle in selected areas in Navarra, Alava and Madrid, and four birds per year in Mallorca;
  • Selection of sites for the installation of hatching platforms and the carrying out of measures to improve populations of the target species’ prey;
  • Establishment of a captive breeding methodology for the species;
  • Feasibility study carried out on the state of the Andalusian population;
  • Dispersion and movement model established for populations and individuals;
  • Stock of specimens in captivity, built up in order to guide future conservation efforts;
  • Agreements signed with different entities and associations involved in the project;
  • Local pasture plans covering at least 800 hectares of managed land (Mediterranean scrub over at least 150 hectares);
  • Two to four pigeon refuges and 9-12 refuges for rabbits;
  • Habitat improvement over 20 Ha by seeding with grasses and legumes;
  • Adaption of 100 electricity pylons every year in reintroduction and dispersal areas.

The long-term expected outcome is an increase in the spawning population of Bonelli's eagle in the project areas.


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Environmental issues addressed:

Themes

Species - Birds


Keywords

population dynamics‚  endangered species‚  protected area


Target species

 Hieraaetus fasciatus     


Natura 2000 sites

SCI ES0000125 Sierra de Leire y Foz de Arbaiun
SPA ES0000150 PEÑA DE ETXAURI
SPA ES0000151 CAPARRETA
SCI ES0000227 Muntanyes d'Artà
SCI ES2200030 Tramo medio del río Aragón
SCI ES3110007 Cuencas de los ríos Alberche y Cofio
SCI ES5310079 Puig de na Bauçà


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Beneficiaries:

Coordinator GESTIÓN AMBIENTAL DE NAVARRA, S.A.
Type of organisation Regional authority
Description Gestión Ambiental de Navarra S.A. was founded in 1982 as an independent branch of the Navarra government’s environmental department. Its mandate covers environmental protection, conservation management, environmental education, forest seed nurseries, bird observatories and wildlife interpretation centres.
Partners Consejería de Agricultura, Pesca y Medio Ambiente-Junta De Andalucía, Spain Consejeria de Medio Ambiente y Ordenacion del Territorio-Comunidad De Madrid, Spain Consorci per la Recuperació de la Fauna de les Illes Balears, Spain Diputación Foral de Álava–Arabako Foru Aldundia, Spain Grupo de Rehabilitación de la Fauna Autóctona y su Hábitat, Spain Ligue Pour la Protection des Oiseaux, France

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Project reference LIFE12 NAT/ES/000701
Duration 01-JUL-2013 to 30-SEP -2017
Total budget 2,062,691.00 €
EU contribution 1,545,252.00 €
Project location País Vasco(España) Navarra(España) Madrid(España) Baleares(España)

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Project web site Project's website
Project web site - 2 Project's Twitter page
Project web site - 2 Project's Facebook page
Video link Video: "Coabarrada" (5'57")
Video link Video: "Águila Bonelli y gaviota"
Video link Video: "Liberación de Dodiel, águila de bonelli, en Mallorca - Enero 2014"

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