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European Bird Species Action Plans

Since 1993 the European Union has funded the development of Species Action Plans for around 50 bird species listed in Annex I of the Birds Directive. Developed by BirdLife International with the financial support of the European Commission, the plans provide information about the status, ecology, threats of each species and describe the key actions that are required to improve their conservation status in Europe.

 

Species Action Plans implementation reviews

The progress in implementing the Species Action Plans has been regularly reviewed by BirdLife under a contract with the European Commission.

Under a contract with the European Commission BirdLife International in collaboration with FACE carried out a study to take stock of the experience of preparation and implementation of Species Action Plans for Annex I bird species and Management plans for Annex II huntable species and make proposals for improvements of the process towards more effective implementation. 

The study does not necessarily reflect the view of the European Commission.

Action plans per species

To access the individual action plans click on the species names in the following table

NB A number of management plans for certain huntable species have also been developed by the European Commission

 

 

Species Latin Name

Common English Name

Type of Action Plan

Date of the Action Plan

Accipiter gentilis arrigonii

Corso-sardinian Goshawk

Management statement

1999

Accipiter nisus granti

Macaronesian Sparrowhawk

Management statement

1999


© Mateusz Matysiak

Acrocephalus paludicola

Aquatic Warbler

International

2008


© M. Varesvuo - Wild Wonders

Aegypius monachus

Cinereous Vulture

European

1996

Alectoris graeca whitakeri

Sicilian Rock Partridge

European/EU

2000


© David Kjaer

Anser erythropus

Lesser White-fronted Goose

International

2008


© Juan Martín Simón

Aquila adalberti

Spanish Imperial Eagle

European/EU

2008


© B Castelein-Naturepl.com

Aquila clanga

Greater Spotted Eagle

European/EU

1997


© J Hlasek

Aquila heliaca

Imperial Eagle

International

1996


© J Hlasek

Aquila pomarina

Lesser Spotted Eagle

European/EU

1997


© J Hlasek

Aythya nyroca

Ferruginous Duck

European/EU

2006


© David Kjaer

Botaurus stellaris

Bittern

European/EU

1999


© David Kjaer

Branta ruficollis

Red-breasted Goose

International

2010


© Juan Martín Simón

Chersophilus duponti

Dupont’s Lark

European/EU

2008

Chlamydotis undulata fuerteventurae

Houbara Bustard

European/EU

1996

Columba bollii

Dark-tailed Laurel Pigeon ARK-

European/EU

1996


© LIFE94_NAT_E_001159

Columba junoniae

White-tailed Laurel Pigeon

European/EU

1996

Columba trocaz

Madeira Laurel Pigeon

European/EU

1996


© Otars Opermanis

Coracias garrulus

European Roller

International

2008


© David Kjaer

Crex crex

Corncrake

International European/EU

2006


© M Varesvuo-Naturepl.com

Cursorius cursor

Cream-Coloured Courser

European/EU

2000


© Relanzon-Naturepl.com

Dendrocopos major canariensis

Tenerife Great Spotted Woodpecker

Management statement

1999

Dendrocopos major thanneri

Gran Canaria Great Spotted Woodpecker

Management statement

1999


© J Hlasek

Falco biarmicus

Lanner Falcon

International

2000


© S Unterthiner-Wild Wonders

Falco eleonorae

Eleonora’s Falcon

International

2000


© J Hlasek

Falco cherrug

Saker Falcon

European/EU

2006


© L Hlasek

Falco naumanni

Lesser Kestrel

International

2011


© Bergman-Naturepl.om

Falco rusticolus

Gyrfalcon

International

2000


© Csaba Loki

Falco vespertinus

Red-footed Falcon

European/EU

2010


© Mladen Gramatikov

Ficedula semitorquata

Semi-collared Flycatcher

European/EU

2010


© Peter Basterfield

Fringilla teydea

Blue Chaffinch

European/EU

1996


© L Hlasek

Fulica cristata

Crested Coot

International

2000


© Wild Wonders

Galinago media

Great Snipe

International

2003


© M Eleander- Wild Wonders

Gypaetus barbatus

Bearded Vulture

European/EU

1997


© JB Ruiz-Naturepl.com

Hieraaetus fasciatus

Bonelli's Eagle

European/EU

1997


© LIFE03_NAT_E_000061

Larus audouinii

Audouin’s Gull

International

1996


© Danny Green rspb-images

Loxia scotica

Scottish Crossbill

European/EU

2000


© Juan Carlos Atienza

Marmaronetta angustirostris

Marbled Teal

European/EU

2008


© Sue Tranter, rspb-images

Milvus milvus

Red Kite

European/EU

2010


© Carlos Sanchez, Birdlife

Neophron percnopterus

Egyptian Vulture

European/EU

2008


© C Gomersall, rspb-images

Numenius tenuirostris

Slender-billed Curlew

International

1996


© M. Zumrik

Otis tarda

Great Bustard

International

2010


© David Kjaer

Oxyura leucocephala

White-headed Duck

International European/EU

2006


© Jari Peltomäki-Wild Wonders

Pelecanus crispus

Dalmatian Pelican

European/EU

1996

Perdrix perdrix italica

Italian Grey Partridge

Management statement

1999

Phalacrocorax aristotelis

Mediterranean Shag

European/EU

2000


© L Hlasek

Phalacrocorax pygmeus

Pygmy Cormorant

European/EU

1996


© M Varesvuo-Naturepl.com

Polysticta stelleri

Steller’s Eider

European/EU

1997


© L Hlasek

Porphyrio porphyrio

Purple Gallinule

European/EU

2000

Pterodroma feae

Fea’s Petrel

European/EU

1996


© Frank Zino

Pterodroma madeira

Zino’s Petrel

European/EU

1996


© J.M. Arcos

Puffinus mauretanicus

Balearic Shearwater

European/EU

2011


© LIFE03_NAT_P_000013

Pyrrhula murina

Azores Bullfinch

European/EU

2010


© LIFE04_NAT_P_000213

Sterna dougallii

Roseate Tern

International

2000


© Wild Wonders

Tetrax tetrax

Little Bustard

European/EU

2011

NB: Some of the plans above are international plans which have been endorsed by the EC and cover a wider range than just the European Union.