The environmental affiliation Vita Nativa (based mostly in Olhão) let me learn about their newest venture known as ‘Projeto Bio-Ilhas’. In partnership with the Associação Viridia – conservation in motion, they plan to create a sequence of Bio-Islands within the Ria Formosa Pure Park. They plan to set them within the deserted salt pans, in addition to varied WasteWater Therapy Crops within the concelhos of Olhão and Faro.
Effectively, let’s begin off with the issue. The group of birds known as the ‘Aves Limícolas’, or what we in English name waders (as a result of they spend most of their time ‘wading’ by way of the mud in search of meals) are having a number of bother discovering someplace they really feel protected to quiet down and begin a household. ‘Love birds’ in species such because the ‘chilreta’ (little tern), ‘a perdiz-do-mar’ (collared pratincole), ‘o alfaiate’ (pied avocet) and the ‘borrelho-de-coleira-interrompida’ (Kentish plover) want very particular situations to make their nests. They like sandy locations with little vegetation and, understandably, the place they received’t be disturbed.
These particular standards are getting more durable and more durable to return throughout. As Vita Nativa mentioned of their press launch: “The lower in these chook populations is immediately related to the abandonment of salt marshes and the nice human strain that exists in these habitats.”
However cling on only a minute… Possibly this can be a foolish query, however I all the time assumed that people ‘abandoning’ a spot was usually an excellent factor for nature? Effectively, usually it’s. However Vita Nativa patiently defined to me that on this case, it is a bit totally different. You see, the little paths that encompass and join the saltpans (known as ‘combros’ in Portuguese) present the right protected haven for these chook species to nest. When they’re deserted although, these ‘combros’ begin to degrade and these sandy paths they like a lot, quickly get reclaimed by each the ocean and the vegetation. It additionally signifies that when these salt flats aren’t in use, it is extra doubtless that people (in addition to their canines and cats) will stroll previous and disturb them. So, a part of the plan is to reconstruct the ‘combros’, but in addition to isolate them in order that people can’t stroll previous and so the birds really feel protected to ‘do their factor’.
Onto the islands…
That is solely a part of the plan although, after listening to about its success in varied different nations all over the world, Vita Nativa plans to construct a few of these ‘bio-islands’ themselves.
They’re nonetheless within the strategy planning stage and haven’t determined what they’ll make them out of but. However the plan is to make seven in complete.
They are going to be floating islands, however the specifics on how precisely they’ll float (and never float away) are nonetheless up on the drafting board…
I noticed that in different nations all over the world they make use of what they name the ‘social attraction’ methodology to draw the seabirds to those synthetic islands. It may be known as the ‘Effectively, Daffy is there so it have to be protected’ methodology and principally consists of placing a sequence of ‘chook decoys’ on the island (in addition to presumably some audio recordings of completely satisfied chook calls). I requested Vita Nativa if they’ve any plans to do that? I used to be delighted to search out out, they do!
To extend consciousness for this venture they are going to be visiting not simply salt pan homeowners and private and non-private entities (ICNF, SEPNAA/GNR and corporations within the tourism sector), however in addition they often go to colleges and the thought is to see if the youngsters could make them. After all, it stays to be seen how they prove… But when they’re convincing sufficient, they’ll stick them on the islands to see if they’ll appeal to some new contestants for what I like to consider as a revamped model of the TV present ‘Love Island’. It is actually a special idea however let’s hope ‘love is within the air’ and it takes off!
If you need to search out out extra about this venture and others prefer it, then you possibly can observe this hyperlink to their web site:
http://vitanativa.org/bioilhas or go to their Fb web page at Associação Vita Nativa.