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RAM Census with Berlenga in sight!


It was on 1 st of April that we restarted the RAM census in Cabo Carvoeiro (Peniche). It was a very nice restart with the pre-nuptial migration taking place: large numbers of Northern Gannets, flocks of Razorbills, Common Scoters and Sandwich Terns. While this species were flying north, the European Shags were flying around us in the rocks below our point of observation. 

We also sighted some Cory’s Shearwaters flying south, possibly some of them are now starting the breeding period in Berlengas, leaving the island to feed. RAM (Portuguese acronym for Seabird and Marine Mammal Monitoring Network) Iberian census occurs usually in the first Saturday of each month in several different points of Portugal. This methodology includes the counting of seabirds and characterization of their behavior.

This data collection will allow us to understand the abundance, distribution and behavior of seabirds throughout the year.

If you want to participate and help us count seabirds at Cabo Carvoeiro just bring binoculars or telescope with you!

For more information about RAM census and if you want to participate, to know the places and when the census takes place send an e-mail to isabel.fagundes@spea.pt




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