Area of Intervention
General description and Map
Mourão, Moura and Barrancos
Preparatory actions and Elaboration of plans
Environmental awareness and dissemination of results
Overall project operation and Monitoring
What have we done
News And Events
The Lynx Manchas
The Vulture Bui
Gymkhana of the threats
Biodiversity & Landscapes
Awareness at Schools
Actions in the field
Monitoring of the actions in the field
News And Events |
27 March 2015
Eurasian Black Vulture nests again in Southern Portugal
Two pairs of Eurasian Black Vulture started nesting in Alentejo, using artificial nesting platforms created by the project! This can be the first step for the reestablishment of a breeding colony of this species in the South of Portugal, after several decades without breeding in this region...
8 April 2014
Egyptian Vulture detected in a Feeding Station of the project!
Extinct as a breeding species in Southern Portugal since the late twentieth century, currently the sighting of this species in the southeast of the country is rare…
6 March 2014
European vultures face a huge and recent threat!
The introduction of veterinary diclofenac in Europe, banned in the Indian sub-continent for having decimated populations of vultures in that region, can jeopardize European populations of vultures…
3 March 2014
Habitat Lince Abutre returns to the schools of Silves
We went back to the schools of the municipality of Silves to talk to 280 young about the Iberian lynx and the Black Vulture! Most of them thought there were no vultures in Portugal, others did not know the natural heritage of the Caldeirão Hills, right next door…
21 February 2014
20 year old Black Vulture 1CT visited a feeding station of the project!
16 years after being ringed in Spain, the Black Vulture with the plastic ring 1CT was photographed at the feeding station for scavenger birds of the Contenda estate, in Moura (Southeast Portugal)
22 November 2013
Participation in the VIII International Symposium on Wildfauna
The General Directorate of Food and Veterinary represented the project in León, where it presented the preliminary results of the evaluation of sanitary status of fauna that share pathologies and potential habitat with the Iberian lynx...
21 November 2013
Adult Rüppell’s Vulture observed in Mourão
This is the first observation of an adult of this species in the scope of the project and one of the few ever recorded so far in the South of Portugal, where mainly juvenile individuals have been observed…
8 November 2013
Result of the last scavenger bird counts
The number of Black Vultures observed continues high, mainly in Moura/Mourão/Barrancos, and the Red Kite, an exclusively wintering species with a high population decline in the Iberian Peninsula, has already arrived…
5 November 2013
Participation in the I Conference "Patrimonio Natural y Biodiversidad de Sierra Morena"
We traveled to Jaén (Spain) to let know the measures implemented by the project for the conservation of the scavenger populations of what we consider to be the Portuguese Sierra Morena – the Mourão-Moura-Barrancos SPA…
15 October 2013
Detection of a Rüppell’s Vulture at a feeding station of the project
The network of feeding stations for scavenger birds implemented by LIFE
Habitat Lince Abutre
keeps surprising us…
1 October 2013
The use of camera traps in the Feeding Stations for Scavenger Birds
Get to know the interesting results obtained after almost one year of using camera traps to monitoring some of the feeding stations for Black Vulture built under the scope of the project…
13 September 2013
Result of the International Day of Vultures’ Contest
19 children all over Portugal participated in the drawing contest to celebrate the
International Day of Vultures
! And the winner is…
27 August 2013
Ecological corridors for the Iberian lynx disclosed in the media!
The measure caught everyone’s attention for its novelty in Portugal, being the first time that a network of ecological corridors is established aiming the conservation of threatened species of fauna and flora in the South of the country
29 July 2013
Press Release – Habitat Lince Abutre LIFE project creates ecologic corridors for the Iberian lynx
Cooperation between olive producers and the project enables the creation of more than 55 hectares of ecological corridors to promote connectivity between areas of adequate habitat for the Iberian lynx in the hills of the region of Moura, therefore actively contributing to the conservation of this species in Portugal
11 July 2013
Result of the July scavenger birds’ count
This week took place the last count of scavenger birds and other birds of prey of the breeding period of 2013, under the scope of the project. Get to know the results…
4 July 2013
Radio Antena 1 gives voice to lynxes and vultures!
Last week, the Biological Station of Garducho was visited by reporters from radio
to record an interview to the broadcast “
Being Portuguese… Showing Portugal
”, to hear about lynxes, vultures and poison…
28 June 2013
The school year reaches the end and with it the environmental awareness activities at the schools of Caldeirão Hills
Once again, students from different schools of Caldeirão Hills accepted our invitation to participate in the project’s activities, namely in the challenge ‘School Challenge’ whose school works were presented to us this month.
14 June 2013
Result of the last scavenger bird counts
It were two fantastic days to the team members and volunteers that participated in the last counts of scavenger birds and other birds of prey, under the scope of the project. Several species were watched in considerable abundances, including at short distances from the birdwatchers…
31 May 2013
Contest “Give life to Manchas and Bui”!
This year, to celebrate
we carried out the contest “
Give life to Manchas and Bui
”! 25 children from different regions of Portugal participated in this challenge! Want to know who won the first stage of the contest?
30 May 2013
Awareness meeting at Mértola
On May 21, we talked about the Iberian lynx and the black vulture at Mértola, the city of game hunting!
29 May 2013
Habitat Lince Abutre LIFE project organizes Workshop about Feeding Stations for Scavenger Birds
In May, we've promoted in Moura an important workshop about Feeding Stations for Scavenger Birds, divided in two components, one addressed at technicians of Portugal and Spain and other to the general public
23 May 2013
Participation in the Annual May Fair of Moura!
The LIFE project
Habitat Lince Abutre
was present at the II Hunting and Fishing Salon, in Moura, which was held together with the X Business Fair and the III Renewable Energies' Forum.
20 May 2013
The National Association of Game Producers and Landowners was once again present at EXPOCAÇA, Portugal’s biggest event about hunting
10 May 2013
Students of Mértola talk about the Iberian lynx and the black vulture
On May 8, the
Habitat Lince Abutre
LIFE project was welcomed by students of the Vocational School ALSUD, studying Hunting Management, to watch the presentation of the school works developed under the School Challenge “Help the Iberian lynx and the black vulture”. Get to know who got the first place!
9 April 2013
Population of Silves gets to know LIFE Habitat Lince Abutre
On April 5 we gathered at São Bartolomeu de Messines, at Silves, to talk about the Iberian lynx and clear doubts about this charismatic and endangered feline
8 April 2013
Participation in the II Biology Alumni Meeting of the University of Évora
More than 150 students, alumni and teachers of the graduation of Biology of the University of Évora got to know the LIFE project
Habitat Lince Abutre
through a talk of a former student…
7 February 2013
31 griffon vultures are tagged to evaluate the impact of poison use!
On December 2012, took place the tagging of bioindicator species of poison use in Moura-Mourão-Barrancos, within LIFE ‘Innovation Against Poison’. 31 griffon vultures were identified with wing tags after being captured at one of the feeding stations for black vultures built under LIFE Habitat Lince Abutre
24 January 2013
Green is the cooperation between Environment and Hunting
During Autumn, in cooperation with hunting associations and managers, we completed 14 hectares of pastures for wild rabbit…
26 December 2012
20 years of the LIFE Programme in Portugal
On December 11, it was the time for the project ‘WW4ENVIRONMENT’ celebrate the 20 years of the LIFE Programme with an event that gathered more than a dozen projects including LIFE Habitat Lince Abutre.
5 December 2012
Results of the last counts
Last week took place the second counts of scavenger birds of the period Autumn/Winter of 2012, under the scope of the project.
30 November 2012
Griffon and Black Vultures at the project’s feeding stations
Watch the video produced by ‘Expresso’, a weekly national newspaper, after a visit to the feeding station for Black Vulture of the estate of Contenda
28 November 2012
The I Journeys of Environment – GERA made the Iberian lynx known!
On November 24, the Iberian lynx was at the Museum of Natural History and Science, in Lisbon, under the scope of the I Journeys of Environment – GERA, organized by the Youth Association of Science. Along with it, bats, amphibians and plants were made known to 35 participants.
12 November 2012
The population of São Brás de Alportel talks about the 'gato-cravo', again!
About 30 people heard of Habitat Lince Abutre LIFE project and the Iberian lynx, a species still unknown by some…
2 November 2012
Increasing black vulture’s food availability!
The first feeding stations for scavenger birds implemented under the scope of the project aiming black vulture’s conservation are already licensed and functioning, and its use by black vultures has already been confirmed!
22 October 2012
Habitat Lince Abutre gives answers to hunters of São Brás de Alportel
During an awareness activity, about 40 local stakeholders of São Brás de Alportel gathered with the team of the project to talk about ‘Habitat Lince Abutre’ and the Iberian lynx...
22 October 2012
Last counts’ result
Last week, the first counts of scavenger birds of the winter/autumn period of 2012 took place! We’ve recorded the highest number of birds since the beginning of the counts! Curious on what we observed? See here!
16 October 2012
The ‘gato-cravo’ returns to the Caldeirão Mountain
Few are the mountain people that still remember of
… To refresh their memory about this important symbol of the region, from October 18 until November 8, the comics ‘Iberian lynx: its history in Portugal’ will be in exhibition at the headquarters of the civil parish of São Brás de Alportel
10 October 2012
Full room at Sobral da Adiça
On October 3, about 25 people joined Habitat Lince Abutre’s team in a meeting to present the project to olive producers of the region of Moura. They wanted to learn more on the measure we’re proposing to the olive groves of the mountain range of Moura…
11 September 2012
LIFE Habitat Lince Abutre present at the 3rd European Congress of Conservation Biology
Two team members of LIFE Habitat Lince Abutre were present in this important meeting, which theme was "Conservation on the Edge", along with around 900 participants. Learn more on what took us there…
1 September 2012
September 1, a date to remember of the vultures!
On September 1, we celebrate the International Day of Vultures to alert to the need of conservation of these emblematic birds. Learn more about this animals and what you can do to help for their conservation.
30 July 2012
Update on the last scavenger bird counts
Last week, during the project’s last scavenger bird counts of the 2012 Spring/Summer period, we spotted very interesting and rare species! Learn more here…
26 July 2012
Forest fire destroyed thousands of hectares at Caldeirão’s Sierra
Part of Caldeirão’s Sierra is now dressed in black… One of the main causes of destruction and fragmentation of the Mediterranean landscape devastated during four long days part of one of the three areas of intervention of this project…
29 June 2012
Artificial nests for black vulture
Alfonso Godino, responsible for the actions targeted at black vulture, showed
(a daily national newspaper), how difficult is the installation of an artificial nest for black vulture
20 June 2012
The television program ‘Biosphere’ talked about the role of LIFE Habitat Lince Abutre on behalf of Iberian lynx’s conservation
On June 19th, ‘Biosphere’, Portugal’s most viewed TV program on environment matters, talked about the joint effort of several entities, including the LIFE – Nature project Habitat Lince Abutre, to recover the most threatened feline on the world, the Iberian lynx, and its natural habitat – the Mediterranean landscape
18 June 2012
Get to know the winners of the School Challenge ‘Help the Iberian lynx and the black vulture’!
Throughout last week, we visited several localities in the Caldeirão region to attend to the presentation of school projects developed for the School Challenge ‘Help the Iberian lynx and the black vulture’
4 June 2012
Open Day LIFE Habitat Lince Abutre
About 50 people visited last week the estate of Lameirões, to attend to the Open Day of the project LIFE Habitat Lince Abutre, an event organized on the scope of the 20th anniversary of the LIFE Programme
1 June 2012
Children’s book ‘The adventures of Manchas & Bui’
On Children’s Day, we launch our most recent publication: ‘The Adventures of Manchas & Bui’
15 May 2012
LIFE Habitat Lince Abutre at the XII Olivomoura
During 4 days, several hundreds of people visited the project’s expositor to obtain more information and share ideas about one of the most talked conservation projects in the region
23 April 2012
The gymkhana of threats
After overcoming the challenge of the floor game “The adventures of Manchas and Bui”, children from the first to fifth grade of the project’s intervention area are now to bravely face the “Gymkhana of threats”…
19 April 2012
LIFE Habitat Lince Abutre at Facebook!
The Iberian lynx and the black vulture are getting famous on the Social Networks!
16 April 2012
Moura, Mourão and Barrancos – conservation of the natural heritage of a region
On May 22, Moura will welcome LIFE Habitat Lince Abutre open day to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the LIFE Programme and of the Habitats Directive
17 February 2012
The population of Salir gets to know ‘gato-cravo’ and black vulture
Technicians from LPN presented LIFE Habitat Lince Abutre to the population of Salir, during a meeting that enabled the enlightenment of several doubts about the Iberian lynx, a species that still remains in the population’s memory…
8 February 2012
Presentation of the Project at Barranco do Velho
15 local and regional stakeholders gathered at Barranco do Velho to learn a little more about LIFE Habitat Lince Abutre and clarify all their doubts
12 December 2011
Habitat Lince Abutre at the X Congress of SECEM
Technicians of the Project attended the tenth Congress of the Spanish Society of Mammal Conservation and Ecology (X SECEM), which took place at Fuengirola (Malaga) from the 3
30 November 2011
Iberian cooperation against the illegal use of poison
LPN, coordinating beneficiary of LIFE Habitat Lince Abutre, and Gypaetus Foundation, coordinating beneficiary of LIFE Innovation against poison, signed a cooperation agreement to articulate efforts in actions in which these projects can complement each other, namely in what concerns illegal poisoning.
21 November 2011
Participation in the II International European Rabbit Congress
Technicians of the project traveled to Toledo to participate in the
II International European Rabbit Congress
, where they talked about Lynx Programme’s contribute through LIFE – Nature Programme in wild rabbit’s recovery, namely through LIFE Habitat Lince Abutre
15 November 2011
The Technical and Scientific Advisory Group went on a field visit to check on the project
Members of the project’s TSAG visited an estate where LIFE Habitat Lince Abutre has already implemented different measures targeting the enhancement of the survival, feeding and breeding conditions of the Iberian lynx and black vulture
14 November 2011
Scavenger bird counts of November 2011
Learn more on the scavenger and other raptors species watched during two days of monitoring in the Guadiana Valley SPA and the Mourão/Moura/Barrancos SPA
28 October 2011
LIFE Habitat Lince Abutre arrives at Caldeirão’s schools!
The autumn brings fresh news to the schools of Caldeirão Site… The LIFE Habitat Lince Abutre project will visit students from the 1
grade, with a different set of funny activities.
17 October 2011
Scavenger bird counts of October 2011
On the 10
of October 2011 took place another scavenger bird count within the scope of the project. On the first day we counted birds in the Vale do Guadiana SPA and in the second we counted birds in the Mourão/Moura/Barrancos SPA, and during the count we noted …
11 October 2011
Black Vulture 'visits' Sado Estuary Natural Reserve
LIFE Habitat Lince Abutre was present at the 3
Edition of ObservaNatura, a birdwatching and nature tourism fair that took place on the 8
October at Mourisca’s estate, in the Sado Estuary Natural Reserve
22 July 2011
Summary of the first annual cycle of scavenger bird counts
During the last year we performed scavenger bird counts on the Mourão-Moura-Barrancos and Vale do Guadiana SPAs. These counts aim to establish a baseline as to the status of the black vulture
as well as other scavengers…
13 July 2011
Scavenger bird counts of July 2011
On the 11
of July 2011 took place another scavenger bird count within the scope of the project, and during the count we noted not only scavenger birds, but also other raptors, large soaring birds and steppeland birds.
6 June 2011
Presentation of the comics ‘Iberian lynx – its history in Portugal’
The LIFE Habitat Lince Abutre Project, with the support of Moura’s city council and the cooperation of Espaço Inovinter, presented last June 3
, at Moura, the comics ‘Iberian-lynx: its history in Portugal’.
1 June 2011
The adventures of Manchas and Bui, at the swimming pools of Barrancos
On June 1, the environmental education team of Habitat Lince Abutre attended the celebrations of the Children’s Day, organized by the Elementary School of Barrancos and hosted by the city council’s swimming pools!
12 May 2011
Scavenger bird counts of May 2011
On the 9
of May 2011 took place another scavenger bird count within the scope of the project
21 April 2011
How to make cork extraction compatible with Black Vulture conservation
Since cork is an important Portuguese export, it is very important that the exploitation of this valuable natural resource is compatible with Black Vulture conservation. Learn how…
4 April 2011
Working meeting with Municipal Veterinaries of the Project’s area
Considering the relevance of the veterinary component in LIFE Habitat Lince Abutre, the team of General-Directorate of Veterinary Services promoted a meeting with the municipal veterinaries of the counties covered by the SPAs and pSCIs of the regions of Mourão, Moura and Barrancos and Guadiana Valley
28 March 2011
Scavenger bird counts of March 2011
On the 21
of March 2011 took place another scavenger bird count within the scope of the project
14 March 2011
The adventures of Manchas and Bui have started!
Fresh from the Carnival break, the schools of Moura, Mourão and Barrancos started their classes with “The adventures of Manchas the lynx and Bui the vulture"
10 March 2011
Participation in the EUE 2011
LIFE Habitat Lince Abutre Project was present at the ‘EUE 2011 – 9th Meeting of Esri Portugal Users’, with the communication ‘Cartography and identification of priority areas, using a GIS, for two critically endangered species: the Iberian lynx and the Black Vulture’
1 March 2011
First artificial nests for Black Vulture already installed!
On February 23, it was installed the first of a series of artificial nests for Black Vulture that will be constructed in a private estate in the region of Barrancos with which a management agreement was recently established under the Project
7 February 2011
Visits to the nest of Baldio da Amareleja have reached the end!
On February 3 we concluded the school visits to Baldio da Amareleja, where students from the regions of Moura, Mourão and Barrancos had the opportunity to see a real artificial nest for black vulture!
28 January 2011
Third scavenger bird counts
On the 13
of December and on the 24
of January took place the third scavenger bird counts of the project
24 January 2011
2nd TSAC meeting
In the 19th January, the team of the project gathered in Évora with elements of the Technical and Scientific Advisory Commission to discuss several issues related with the implementation of measures in the field
18 January 2011
One year of Project
Get to know some of the results achieved in the first year of the project
14 January 2011
We started selecting the trees where the artificial nests for Black Vulture will be placed
In December and January, project technicians and volunteers started doing field work to select the trees where the artificial nests for Black Vulture will be placed
20 December 2010
Learning with Spain’s experience
Some technicians of the project have visited Spain, on the 9
of December 2010, in order to obtain some relevant technical information to be used towards accomplishing the objectives of the project...
3 December 2010
The Iberian Lynx and the Black Vulture arrive at schools!
The environmental education activities at schools have started!
2 December 2010
LIFE Habitat Lince Abutre on TV
RTP follows CEAI in one of the monthly counts of necrophagous birds at Garducho’s Biological Station in the scope of the project
1 November 2010
First counts of Black Vulture
In the scope of the project, census on necrophagous birds will be conducted to monitor the abundances of these animals over time in the intervention area of the project.
29 October 2010
Participation in the 1st Seminar of the Iberian Lynx in Portugal
Almost two hundred people, including mayors, hunters, students and biologists, attended the presentation of a communication on the LIFE Habitat Lince Abutre project at the 1st Seminar of the Iberian Lynx in Portugal, where the conservation of this threatened species was discussed.
25 October 2010
Technical workshop on the construction of artificial nests for birds of prey
On the 20th and 21st October, the LIFE project promoted a technical workshop about the use of artificial nests on the conservation of Black Vulture and other arboreal birds of prey.
20 October 2010
Project presentation at the official opening of the Biological Station of Garducho
Habitat Lince Abutre LIFE project was presented at the official opening of the Biological Station of Garducho, operated by CEAI, one of the associated beneficiaries of the project.
24 September 2010
LIFE Habitat Lince Abutre in Coimbra
Habitat Lince Abutre LIFE project was presented during a series of Conferences on the International Year of Biodiversity, organized by the Museum of Sciences in collaboration with the Botanical Garden of the University of Coimbra.
30 July 2010
The project’s image
Habitat Lince Abutre LIFE project already has a logo!
29 July 2010
The Iberian lynx and the Black Vulture on primetime!
On July 24, the story ‘Iberian lynx in danger’ was exhibited during the evening news, focusing on the efforts developed for the species’ conservation,
, with the recent construction of the National Iberian Lynx Breeding Center, in Silves, and
, through measures implemented under the scope of LPN’s projects, such as Habitat Lince Abutre
30 June 2010
The first meeting of the TSAG
On June 29, took place the first meeting of the Technical and Scientific Advisory Group (TSAG) of
Habitat Lince Abutre
30 March 2010
Students of the master degree of ‘Conservation Biology’ visit the project!
On March 27, students of the master degree of Conservation Biology of the University of Évora had the opportunity to visit one of the project’s areas of intervention, in the Moura/Barrancos pSCI.
28 February 2010
The project’s launch!
On February 26, took place the public launch of the LIFE+ Nature project ‘Enhancing habitat for the Iberian lynx and black vulture on the southeast of Portugal’, at the movie theater Caridade, in Moura.
LIFE08 NAT/P/000227 – Project co-funded in 75% by the LIFE Nature Programme of the European Commission
This project is integrated in LPN/FFI's Lynx Programme that has the support of BES