From November 28th to December 3rd, AMUS had convened experts from different countries and institutions to agree on bases for the actions to take in favor of the red kite which is categorized as endangered species. In a friendly atmosphere, the experts from Portugal, Spain and the UK exchanged ideas and experiences and have been shown the appropriate places where this pioneer project to start in 2020 in the Southwest of the Iberian Peninsula could take place.
The Southwest of Extremadura and the Northwest of Andalusia had been chosen for this important visit for the conservation of the red kite in Spain. The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds and Natural England represented by Duncan Orr-Ewing and Richard Saunders as well as other experts, like Javier Viñuelas (IREC/CSIC) and Miguel Ferrer (investigator in CSIC und president of Fundación Migres) were part of the board of experts AMUS had convened within the project which will start in 2020. The goal of the project is to reinforce the population of this endangered bird of prey in the Southwest of the Iberian Peninsula with animals form the UK.
This ambitious project – apart from AMUS – counts on 16 partners from EU-countries being essential the participation and implication of the British partners. The main purpose of this visit was to show characteristics and appropriate potentials of the state of conservation for red kite habitats where the project pretends to realize the actions. Also there was excellent cooperation between the different agents which will be part of the project, like local and regional authorities, institutions, etc. (Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, Natural England, Junta de Extremadura, Junta de Andalucía, town councils of Oliva de la Frontera and Valencia del Mombuey, among others)
Acknowledgement to the supporting institutions: Royal Society for the Protection of Birds and Natural England represented by Duncan Orr-Ewing and Richard Saunders as well as Javier Viñuelas (IREC/CSIC) and Miguel Ferrer (Investigator at CSIC und President of Fundación Migres), Junta de Extremadura, Head of the Nature Conservation Office of the Nature Park Sierra de Aracena y Picos de Aroche from the Junta de Andalucía, Fundación Monte Mediterráneo, Parque Natureza Noudar (Portugal), Fundación Duquesa Viuda de Montpensier, the town councils of Oliva de la Frontera and Valencia del Mombuey
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