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25 years of Life Programme in Berlengas


A tour to the Life Berlengas intervention areas took place in the last May 21, marking the 25 years Life Programme celebration. The main purpose of this tour was to communicate the results achieved during the first half of our project.    

Twenty two members of SPEA marked their presence on the tour, plus a special participation of Humberto Delgado Rosa, Director for Natural Capital of DG Environment, European Commission. During the morning, the tour was focused on the marine environment and watching those seabird species that occur in the Special Protection Area of Ilhas Berlengas. Some surprises came up along the morning. The observation of a Brown Boobie juvenile and 3 Northern Gannets resting in land at Rabo d’Asno Islet, in Farilhões group, is particularly interesting. The excitement of the participants was noted during the observation of the Brown Boobie, which is a very rare species for Portuguese Mainland waters, once the nearest breeding colony is located in Cape Verde.

After lunch, visitors were guided through one of Berlenga Island trails. The developments on the Hotentot Fig control were explained, since the native flora recovering is already noted. Spring is running and some of those unique plant species of the archipelago are easily observed, namely the endemics Berlengas Thrift and Berlengas Fleabane. Visitors were also showed some of the Cory’s Shearwater artificial nests built in Capitão area under the scope of the Life Berlengas. Finally, a nest holding 2 well developed juveniles of European shag was observed.

Although some seasickness in the morning, expected during any seatrip, visitors really enjoyed the day. From our side, the tour was very successful.




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