Life Rupis – Conservation of Egyptian Vulture and Bonelli’s Eagle in the Douro Valley’ (LIFE14 NAT/PT/000855) is a transboundary conservation project, with a duration of 4 years (2015 – 2019), co-financed by the European Union through the LIFE Programme funding instrument.

The project, which takes place on the Portuguese-Spanish border,across the protected areas of the International Douro River, the valley of Águeda River, and Arribes del Duero, aims to strengthen the populations of Egyptian Vulture and Bonelli’s Eagle in these areas by reducing mortality and improving breeding success. Other raptor species like the Black Vulture and the Red Kite will also benefit from the project actions.

Network of Egyptian Vulture-Friendly Landowners

The Network of Egyptian Vulture-Friendly Landowners aims to bring together and highlight landowners and producers who strive to align their practices with sustainable development of the Douro region. In the network, landowners can exchange knowledge and benefit from the Rupis project's experience and expertise.

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1st GPS-tagged Egyptian Vulture in the Douro resurfaces
Good news: after a few weeks of silence, Egyptian Vulture Rupis has resurfaced. Since May, the team occasionally stop receiving data from him. At the end of last week, we saw dots on the map once again. They showed Rupis in Spain, near Villamor de Cadozos, having flown there from Arribes del Duero Natural Park.
Fire in Monchique (Algarve) threatens Bonellí s Eagle nests
The fire which has been raging in Monchique, Algarve, since last Friday also poses a risk to Bonelli’s Eagle, Portugal’s Bird of the Year 2018. The region harbours one of the country’s most important population hubs for this species, and at least four pairs could be directly affected.
Report from the field
Recently some of the Vulture Conservation Foundation (VCF) team went on field work for the Life Rupis project and research officer Louis Phipps sent a report back