Last update: 11 de enero de 2021

Project LIFE+ ‘Red Quebrantahuesos’ 2013-2018

The bearded vulture Gypaetus barbatus is a bird of prey, member of the group of vultures, included in the national catalog of threatened species as endangered. Present until the middle of last century in all Spanish mountain ranges, has been drastically reduced their populations, remaining at present a single population in the Pyrenees, where is the largest wild population of this bird in Europe and the only one of Spain

The short and mid term survival of the Bearded Vulture (Gypaetus barbatus) in Spain is conditioned by three factors:  firstly, its low population, which does not reach 600 specimens; secondly, its highly restricted geographical distribution, limited in its entirety to the Pyrenees; and thirdly, its difficulty in successfully colonising new territory. These factors convert the Pyrenean population, the last and extremelyimportant genetic reservoir of the bearded vulture in Europe, into one vulnerable to demographic and stochastic phenomena.

The species is included in Annex I Birds Directive, in the preferred LIFE+ list, and cataloged ‘In danger of extinction’ in the Spanish Catalogue of Endangered Species.

General aims of the project:


1. To identify problematic reproduction areas in Pyrenees
2. To improve adult productivity and survival rates in Pyrenees

3. To set up an adaptive release platform for chicks in PNPE
4. To draw up the Regional Plans for the Recuperation.
5. To identify and obtain the necessary permits and authorisations, for the actions
CONCRETE CONSERVATION ACTIONS 6. To recover specimens from below-average production rate nests
7. To apply the assisted breeding protocol.
8. Behavioural learning by natural imprinting in the PNOMP
9. To release birds into the PNPE using hacking
10. To monitor and follow released specimens
11. To adapt areas for the elimination of livestock carcasses
12. To create an anti-poison patrol
13. To educate sectors with activities directly related to conservation
MONITORING OF THE IMPACT OF THE PROJECT ACTIONS 14. Monitoring plan for project conservation actions
15. Project impact on the local economy and on the restoration of ecosystemic services
PUBLIC AWARENESS AND DISSEMINATION OF RESULTS ACTIONS 16. Web page, posters, promotional material and Layman´s Report
17. The Biodiversity Route on the first centenary of National Parks
18. Periodic dissemination of the project and its result
19. Creation and promotion of a new ecotourism product related to biodiversity conservation
20. Conditioning of two specialised centres for the promotion of ecotourism
21. Education and training centred on ecotourism in Protected Natural Areas
22. Creation and promotion of the Beared Vulture Schools Network
OVERALL PROJECT OPERATION AND MONITORING OF THE PROJECT PROGRESS 23. Administrative, technical and financial project management
24. Coordination and progress assessment meetings with sectors involved in the project
25. Project progress monitoring plan
26. Networking with other projects
27. Auditing
28. After-LIFE Communication Plan


Project Areas

The project involves two sub-areas:

Parque Nacional Picos de Europa

In the regions of Cantabria, Asturias and Castilla y León

Monte Perdido massif and pre-pyrenees range



Expected Results



Fundación para la Conservación del Quebrantahuesos


Consorcio Interautonómico "Parque Nacional de los Picos de Europa"
Gobierno de las Comunidades Autónomas del Principado de Asturias, de Castilla y León y de Cantabria
Dirección General de Conservación del Medio Natural
Gobierno de Aragón
Organismo Autónomo de Parques Nacionales
Ministerio de Agricultura, Alimentación, y Medio Ambiente. Gobierno de España



Total project budget 1.582.854 €
% EU finantial contribution 67,09 %
Co-finance UE 1.061.936 €
Co-finance FCQ 202.318 €
Co-finance Consorcio Interautonómico”Parque Nacional Picos de Europa” 106.200 €
Co-finance Gobierno de Aragón 106.200 €
Co-finance Ministerio de Agricultura, Alimentación y Medio Ambiente 106.200 €


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