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ENDANGERED SEABIRD NESTS FOR THE FIRST TIME IN THIS PORTUGUESE ISLAND

Nuno Oliveira, December 10, 2018
 

A pair of Madeiran storm petrel nested for the first time in Berlenga Island, off Peniche coast, following the conservationist effort for eradicating its predator, the black rat.

This autumn, one of the 20 artificial nests that project LIFE Berlengas team installed for Madeiran storm petrel (Oceanodroma castro) has one little occupant: one egg. Hopefully it will hatch by January.

Until today there were no records of this species nesting in the island, only in nearby islets, such as Ilhéu da Velha and Farilhão, said Joana Andrade, the project coordinator, to Wilder. “We weren’t expecting this to happen so fast.”

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