Research and monitoring for and with raptors in Europe
May 2010 - May 2015

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Work packages 5 (Best practice) and 6 (Capacity-building) contribute together to deliver EURAPMON objective 3: “to spread best practices and build capacities in Europe for harmonized monitoring for and with raptors.”

The expected outcome from WP6 is EURAPMON outcome 6: Enhanced capacities for monitoring for and with raptors in Europe in line with best practice, in particular in those European countries currently lacking in skills and resources.

Delivery of this work package will entail determining where key skills are held, where recruitment and/or training is most needed, the priority skills needed, and how knowledge transfer can best be achieved. This will be done my means of integration of relevant questions into the inventory of existing monitoring.



Capacity-building is delivered mainly through the provision of grants for short visits and exchange visits, and through EURAPMON science meetings and other collaborations catalysed by the network.



Dr Mick McGrady (independent raptor researcher) from Austria to Djibouti to work on monitoring of European Egyptian vultures wintering in Africa, in relation to WPs 1, 4 and 6 (March 2013). See Report.


Dr Michele Panuccio, from (Rome) to work with Dr Miguel Ferrer, Algeciras, Spain, to prepare a paper on migratory phenology of raptors in relation to climate change, in relation to WPs 4, 5 and 6 (October 2012). Scientific paper is currently in preparation. See Report.


Prof Antonio Garcia-Fernandez from University of Murcia to work with Bert van Hattum at IVM (NL) on preparation of a EURAPMON workshop (Science Meeting 4) and paper on best practices in raptor contaminant monitoring (November 2012). See Report.


Dr Szilvia Gori, from Hortobagy National Park, Hungary, to GREFA , Spain, to learn methods for monitoring human pressures on raptors, in relation to WP6 (October 2012). See Report.


Dr Miklos Dudas from  Hortobagy National Park, Hungary, to GREFA , Spain, to learn methods for monitoring human pressures on raptors, in relation to WP6 (October 2012). See Report together with Gori above.


Professor Joan Real from University of Barcelona, Spain to Professor Erkki Korpimäki, University of Turku, Finland, to prepare long-term monitoring protocols of raptors as indicators of environmental change, in relation to WP5. Development of best practice protocols for comparing local populations of raptors independent of their habitat and ecosystem is foreseen (June 2013). See Report.


Mr. Stiven Kocijančič from University of Ljubljana, Slovenia (MSc student of biology) to Dr. Jane Sundell, Lammi Biological Station, Finland, to explore raptor diet as monitoring issue of for raptor monitoring: the case study of the Ural Owl, in relation to WP5 (June 2013). See Report.


Mrs. Elane Potter from CEH, UK to Aarhus University, Denmark, Best practice capacity building for autopsy of raptors prior to chemical analysis. See Report.


Dr. Pilar Gomez-Ramirez from University of Murcia, Spain to Centre for Ecology and Hydrology Lancaster (United Kingdom) and to Institute for Environmental Studies of Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (The Netherlands) and to ALTERRA Wageningen UR (The Netherlands). Analysis of monitoring with inventory data, as input to Science Meeting 3. See Report.


Dr. Silvia Espin, University of Murcia, Spain to visit Professor Richard F Shore, Lancaster, United Kingdom and Dr. Dorte Herzke, Tromsø, Norway, to work on good/best practice for monitoring contaminants with raptors and providing important inputs to Science Meeting 4 (April 2013). See Report.


Mrs. Maja Derlink, PhD student at University of Ljubljana, Slovenia, to visit Dr. Chris Wernham at BTO Scotland to compile and analyse the results of the questionnaire for inventory of monitoring for raptors in Europe, providing inputs to Science Meeting 5 (April 2013). See Report.


Mr. Igor Eulaers, PhD studnet at University of Antwerp (Belgium) to Aarhus University (Denmark) to prepare a pan-European assessment of exposure to and the associated health impact of major contaminants in European raptor species and their subpopulations. See Report.