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Reintroduction of the osprey (Pandion haliaetus) in Portugal

Reintroduction of the osprey (<em>Pandion haliaetus</em>) in Portugal

The project aims at the reintroduction of the Osprey (Pandion haliaetus) to Portugal as a breeder. It is an initiative of CIBIO-InBIO (Research Centre in Biodiversity and Genetic Resources) with the funding of EDP (Energias de Portugal) and the institutional collaboration of ICNF (Nature Conservation and Forests Institute). Ultimately, the project seeks the re-establishment of an osprey population in its historical range along the Portuguese coastline, from where it disappeared as a breeder at the beginning of the 21st century. The project integrates the international efforts for the recovery of the Osprey in the Mediterranean region, where its populations are presently very small and endangered. With that purpose, from 2011 to 2015 we will translocate 10 nestlings annually from Sweden and Finland for hacking facilities at the Alqueva dam, near Monte do Roncanito within Roncão estate. The project strictly follows the national, international and donating countries’ pertinent legislation.

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Annual reports:

Pandion AR 2011

Pandion AR 2012

Pandion AR 2013

Pandion AR 2014


Related publications:

Palma L, Beja P, Dias A, Ferreira J, Mirinha M (2013) Reintroducing the Osprey to Portugal. Raptors Conservation, 27: 21-31.

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Principal Investigator
Pedro Beja

Pedro Beja

Position: Associate Director of Operations, Fund Raising and Knowledge Transfer
Luís Palma

Luís Palma

Position: Auxiliary Researcher
Proponent Institution
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