The Regional Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Natural Environment adopted two new waterfowl breeding islets in the Parc Natural de s’Albufera de Mallorca

Sep 10, 2023 | Current affairs, Featured, Post, Revista Lloseta, Thursday Daily Bulletin, Tradition

It is expected that, during the spring of next year, they will be occupied by different species for nesting.

The Regional Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Natural Environment

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The Regional Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and the Natural Environment has set up two new breeding and resting islets for water birds in the S’Albufera de Mallorca Natural Park. The islets are circular in shape and have a surface area of just over 200 m2 between them. It is expected that, during the spring of next year, they will be occupied by different species of aquatic birds for nesting. Until then, they can also be used as a resting area. In fact, groups of common stilt (Himantopus himantopus), common redshank (Tringa totanus) and common redshank (Tringa nebularia), among other rarer species, have already been seen.

The islets have been designed in the Colombars, an area that has been affected by the growing salinisation process suffered by s’Albufera. Given the loss of the reed beds, the area is now being adapted so that it can be used by species other than those that traditionally inhabited it.

This is not the first time that islets have been set up in this protected natural space. In fact, there are already more than twenty of them in s’Albufera, although some are much smaller than the ones that have been set up this August. All of them have been quickly accepted by the fauna, and each year several species of water birds breed there, a fact that ensures that the new islets will also be a notable success.

Among the species that use them most for breeding are the common stilt (Himantopus himantopus), the avocet (Recurvirostra avosetta), the Kentish plover (Charadrius alexandrinus) and the common tern (Sterna hirundo). More than 200 pairs of these and other species breed on the islets.

In addition, on one of the two islets created, saltmarsh and Salicornia vegetation will be allowed to grow in the hope that the brown teal (Marmaronetta angustirostris), a small anatidae typical of brackish areas that are in danger of extinction, can also select it when it comes to nesting.

This action is part of the ‘Project for the improvement of the nesting habitat of the marbled teal (Marmaronetta angustirostris)’, which was presented by the Species Protection Service of the Regional Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and the Environment in the call of the Natural Heritage and Biodiversity Fund for species in critical situation (2022), and has been executed by the Consortium for the Recovery of Fauna of the Balearic Islands, Fisheries and Natural Environment in the call of the Natural Heritage and Biodiversity Fund for species in critical situation (2022), and has been carried out by the Consortium for the Recovery of the Fauna of the Balearic Islands (COFIB), with the collaboration of the management team of the Parc Natural de s’Albufera de Mallorca. The total cost of the project was 36,300 euros, an investment that was approved at the Sectorial Conference on the Environment on 20 June 2022, with 80% of the contribution coming from the State and 20% from the Autonomous Community.