Acciones preparatorias

Azione A2: Selecciòn de localizaciones para las liberaciones


Riccardo Nardelli, Elisabetta Raganella, Lorenzo Serra, Fernando Spina
ISPRA – Istituto Superiore per la Protezione e la Ricerca Ambientale


The LIFE project "AQUILA-LIFE" aims at increasing the distribution of Bonelli's eagle (Aquila fasciata Vieillot, 1822) in the western Mediterranean, reversing the negative trend shown by the species, also through its reintroduction in Sardinia where, on the basis of the available knowledge, it went extinct around the end of the nineties. The choice of the release site is of paramount importance for the success of the reintroduction, because the released eagles tend to establish their territories in proximity of the release sites. To select the most suitable release site, in December 2017 and January 2018 several inspections were carried out in Sardinia, with the support of Forestas and Regional Administration staff. In January, the staff of the coordinating beneficiary (Grefa, Ernesto Alvarez and Carlota Viada) also participated to the survey. All visited sites were evaluated on the basis of several characteristics, described in this report, which could define the sites suitability. This approach has allowed us to rank the visited sites, making easier the identification of those that can potentially be used during the project implementation. This report shows the results of the surveys mentioned above and motivates the selection of the release sites.

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