Europe and Central Asia

Portuguese Society for the Study of Birds (SPEA)

BirdLife Partner

Founded in 1993
3200 members
Staff: 40
Avenida João Crisóstomo, Lisboa, PT, P-1000-179
Tel. +351 213 220 430 ; Fax +351 213 220 439

Mission of the organisation

To work towards the study and the conservation of wild birds and their habitats by promoting sustainable development for the benefit of the future generations.

Key Activities

  • Conservation of threatened species, e.g. Azores bullfinch/priolo, Deserta’s petrel
  • Monitoring and promotion of the Portuguese IBA network, including marine sites
  • Conservation of steppe birds and promoting a sustainable agriculture
  • Monitoring of Portuguese bird populations (atlas, common bird census, Xmas and New Year census, coastal birds in winter)
  • Educational projects and campaigns
  • Publications on ornithology (Airo and Anuário Ornitológico)
  • Organisation of congresses and workshops
  • Promoting the Birdwatching in Portugal
  • Engaging people to the environmental solutions
  • Cooperation in Africa: Cape Verde and Sao Tome & Principe

Recent Achievements

  • Downgrading the conservation status of the Azores bullfinch/priolo
  • Designation of IBA’s as Natura 2000 sites
  • Autumn festival of birdwatching in Sagres to be organised annualy
  • VIII Congress of Ornithology to be held in March 2014 (Almada, Portugal)
  • Establishment of a nature reserve in Corvo, Azores, for seabirds
  • Restoration of over 300 hectares of native habitats of the Azores: laurel forest, peatland and islets
  • Campaign for halting the clearance of tropical forest in Sao Tome
  • Decreasing the impact of electric powerlines on birds

Marine Programme of the Dept of Conservation

  • LIFE Safe Island for Birds
  • FAME - Future of the Atlantic Marine Environment
  • LIFE MarPro - Conservation of marine protected species in Mainland Portugal
  • Balearic Shearwater
  • LIFE SOS Freira do Bugio
  • Marine Birds Monitoring

Terrestrial Programme of the Dept of Conservation

  • Wintering and Migratory Birds Atlas
  • Sowing the Future II
  • Birdwatching Tourism Project
  • Common Bird Census
  • Christmas and New Year's Bird Census
  • Impact of powerlines on birds

SPEA Azores - Azores Bullfinch and Laurel Forest protection project:

  • LIFE Lands of Priolo
  • LIFE Sustainable Laurel
  • LIFE Priolo

SPEA Madeira – Macaronesian Sparrowhawk and Laurel Forest protection project:

  • LIFE Macaronesian Sparrowhawk


  • Birdwatching Festival in Sagres
  • Birdwatching activities
  • Spring Alive
  • Ornithological congress and other events
  • Education campaigns

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