LIFE Aegypius Return

About the project

Nearly 40 years after the extinction of the Cinereous Vulture in Portugal, the species naturally recolonised the country in 2010 when birds from nearby Spanish colonies began nesting there. Even though the number of breeding pairs have been increasing, the population and breeding colonies remained fragile, and the recolonisation process was too slow and limited.

The LIFE Aegypius Return project was launched in 2022 with the aim to consolidate and accelerate the return of the Cinereous Vulture in Portugal and Western Spain by improving its habitat and foraging conditions, minimising threats and developing national capacities.​ The project team will implement targeted conservation actions across ten Natura 2000 sites, along almost the entire Spanish-Portuguese border, to double the Cinereous Vulture breeding population in Portugal to at least 80 pairs in 5 colonies and downgrade the national status of the species from Critically Endangered to Endangered by 2027.

Project Title

Consolidating and expanding the Cinereous Vulture population in Portugal


LIFE Aegypius return


LIFE21 NAT/NL/101074677

Project time frame

September 2022 – December 2027

Total project budget

€ 3,654,578.58

EU financial contribution


Coordinating beneficiary

Associated beneficiaries


Local co-funder of Palombar

Local co-funder of Fundación Naturaleza y Hombre

Learn more about what we aim to achieve and the specific actions we are taking to realise our objectives.



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