Spain: How We Save Birds from Extinction

Published on Thursday, 10 August 2017

“Thanks to this agreement, Enel Green Power Spain has provided the CREAs in the province of Cadiz with a vehicle that can transfer injured animals to take better care of them.”

Nebur Ambiente provides technical staff to offer first aid to the animals and guarantees the transfers, while the Agency for Environment and Water carries out monitoring and supervision of CREA services on behalf of the Ministry of the Environment and Land Management.

The release of specimens at Dehesa de las Yeguas is the result of the joint work started a few months ago with the agreement. The species were saved by the Nebur Ambiente agency, responsible for caring for the most vulnerable and threatened animals in the Cadiz area: injured, lost or disorientated, with injuries due to falling from nests, exhausted or overwhelmed due to the long distances travelled during migration. 

“Since the CREAs in the province of Cadiz started to use the new vehicle to facilitate the transfer of injured animals and improve their treatment, they've travelled more than 1,900 kilometres and saved over 120 specimens.”

The species treated include the griffon, the European nightjar, the falcon, the Kentish plover, the white swan and others.

Andalusia is one of the European regions with the highest biodiversity, where more than 420 different species, many of which are endangered, are raised and preserved.

The agreement allows for a better coverage of recovery services for threatened species in the region, where about 750 animals have already entered the CREAs by this time of the year. At the same time, it promotes research and the spread of the conservation of endangered species, especially in the districts of and Campo de Gibraltar.

“In order to recover these threatened or protected species and later free them, the junta de Andalucía of Cadiz created a network of CREAs in the eight provinces of the region in 1982.”

The CREAs in the Cadiz province collected 1,318 specimens in 2016, 15 more than the previous year. 961 specimens were treated at the “Dunas de San Antón” CREA, and at the "Huerta Grande" Auxiliary Centre, where 357 were recovered. Of these, almost half were then transferred to the Dunas di San Antón CREA to receive better veterinary care: it’s a better-equipped structure, but lacks the strategic position of the Campo de Gibraltar, the birds’ principal migratory path.