Pyrrhocorax project


This project launched by the Laboratory of Applied Ecology (LEA), at the University of Trás-os-Montes and Alto Douro (UTAD), aims to contribute to a better understanding of the Chough population in the Northwest of Portugal in order to enhance their conservation by adopting measures that contribute to the strengthening of the breeding core and enabling the species maintenance in the region. The objectives set by LEA's team focus on the study and identification of potential natural and anthropogenic factors affecting the population dynamics and ethology of the Pyrrhocorax pyrrhocorax in areas affected by agriculture and structural changes, in order to better identify mitigation measures to be implemented that may contribute to the conservation of the species.


4th IWCC

Since the first International Chough workshop (Choughs and Land Use in Europe, 1988), non-governmental organizations and scientific institutions have come to regularly organize meeting sessions to debate all aspects related to the biology, ecology and conservation issues regarding the Red-billed Chough (Pyrrhocorax pyrrhocorax).
The species value as an indicator of sustainable agricultural systems and connection to traditional landscapes has been of foremost consideration in this encounters. The Red-billed Chough is a species with an unfavourable conservation status on a global level, being listed as endangered in Portugal. In this context, after the 2007 and 2010 International Chough workshops (Glasgow and La Palma, respectively), Vila Real (North Portugal) assumes the pertinent organization of the 4th International Chough workshop (2013).


As underlined in all meetings, there is still a priority for Choughs research to understand the influence of the land-use/land-cover trends on the species distribution, taking into account the on-going landscape changes, genetic diversity, fragmentation and isolation of peripheral populations.
At the same time all specialists agreed to further advance knowledge on the Chough populations outside Europe, such as those in Asia and Africa, due to their particular threats and conservation requirements.


Although a considerable amount of information has been compiled and discussed at previous workshops about the Chough ecology, we extend our invitation to all colleagues, researchers and general public that are interested to actively participate or watch as the foremost reaserchers in all Chough matters, share their expertise and state of the art in the 4th International Workshop on the Conservation of the Chough.