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13 land trust agreements that comprise 4.000 hectares can give hope for this raptor in an unstable situation in Catalonia. With monitoring actions, protection of breeding areas, regulation of open-air activities and others, including the improvement of the habitat in foraging areas, it is hoped that the populations of the species will recover.

In the last few years, many territories have been lost in Tarragona (more than a quarter of them) and adult mortality has reached 15% annually, too large to sustain the species. Currently, the breeding population is 78 pairs in Catalonia, (55 in Tarragona) a slight recovery after a strong decrease in the 1990s but the reproductive rate is too low to sustain the population. This fact has the origin mainly in human disturbance, increasingly intense because of the popularity of open-air activities.

In a plan that takes into account all the factors that affect this Mediterranean raptor, the Grup d’Estudi i Protecció dels Ecosistemes Catalans (GEPEC) will detail the problems but, above all, will point out where the solution must come from.

Also, during the festival, kids will be able to do the workshop “Moixonegem?” in which they will learn to identify birds through 6 different games.


Author: Ricard Losarcos