September, 2017 – Montecristo Goat Census

On 5, 6 and 7 September, the standard annual population census of Montecristo goats was carried out. Expert National Park operators from the Province of Grosseto and the Provincial Police Force of Livorno and Pisa perform the count, using pre-established points and routes. Supported by local Italian police, this census …

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Island Invasive Conference 2017, Dundee (UK)

In Dundee (UK), experts from around the world are comparing notes on the theme of alien species in island systems. Topics discussed by researchers include the negative impact of biological invasions on endangered species, ways to counter the spread of animals and plants with high invasive potential and the application …

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Last June, eight classes from the Elba Middle School and six from schools on the Isola del Giglio, together with the PNAT Park Guides, took part in environmental education activities, organized under the Resto con Life project, with great enthusiasm. In Lacona, the classes from Elba challenged one another in …

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Training Seminar

The Tuscan Archipelago National Park organizes a training seminar on the techniques of intervention and control of the Ailanthus altissima, an invasive alien species found in many natural and urban areas. The seminar will be held on 14  June from 11 am to 1 pm at the park headquarters in …

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Eradication of invasive plant species on Giannutri

Giannutri will be different next spring: the yellow blooms of the native species will replace the pink colour of the blossom of the Hottentot fig, an exotic and invasive species, removed from the island over the past year. It was a complex operation, with the manual uprooting of the plant …

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Recovery of the dunes in the Gulf of Lacona

The colours of the flowers on the dunes of Lacona, in the municipality of Capoliveri, will be more striking than ever, now that work has begun on the regeneration of certain areas and to protect the dunes from the strong storm surges. Protective barriers along the edges facilitate the natural …

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Recovery of the vegetation on the Island of Giannutri

4-8/10/2016 – Researchers from Florence University travelled to Giannutri in support of activities to recover the vegetation in areas in which the Carpobrotus has been removed. Around 150 native plan specimens belonging to the Euphorbia dendroides, Juniperus phoenicea subsp. Turbinata and Pistacia lentiscus species have been planted. The researchers also gathered the seeds of …

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2016 Montecristo Goat Census

The Montecristo goat census has just been completed. This population count, repeated every year in the same areas by expert operators of the National Park, Forest Ranger Corps and Livorno and Pisa Provincial Police Forces, is useful to identify any changes in observed animal numbers. From a preliminary review, the …

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2016 Montecristo Goat Census

The Montecristo goat census has just been completed. This population count, repeated every year in the same areas by expert operators of the National Park, Forest Ranger Corps and Livorno and Pisa Provincial Police Forces, is useful to identify any changes in observed animal numbers. From a preliminary review, the …

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Webcams in the nests of the Scopoli’s shearwater

This year, once again, the electronic eye of the webcam has followed the Scopoli’s shearwater sitting on their eggs in a cavern on the Island of Pianosa. This new technology allows researchers to direct the cameras using remote controls to record every detail. The chicks will soon hatch and be …

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2015 Montecristo Goat Census

26-27-28/08/2015 The annual census of the Montecristo Goat (Carpa hircus) population has been completed. This operation, undertaken in collaboration with members of the Livorno, Pisa and Siena Provincial Police Forces, began in the afternoon of Wednesday 26 August and ended the morning of Friday 28. The census method used is …

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Webcams to monitor procellariiformes on Pianosa

On 8-9 July 2015, technicians from Elbatech completed the installation of the video recording and transmission system at the Scopoli’s shearwater nesting site on Pianosa. Thanks to these webcams, it will be possible to follow live streaming of the first few months of life of the shearwater chicks, up to …

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Vegetation survey in Lacona (Capoliveri)

On 12 and 19 June 2015, researchers from Florence University undertook as survey of the flora and vegetation on the dunes of Lacona, in anticipation of operations to recover and protect the dunes planned by the RESTO CON LIFE Project. Over the course of the two days, 10 transects were …

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Alien species mapping on Giannutri

The first campaign of surveys on the Island of Giannutri has been concluded. This involved the mapping of invasive alien plant species and the definition of methods of control and eradication. The species most widespread and dangerous to the conservation of the island’s biodiversity are all the ornamental plants, such …

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Monitoring the Audouin’s gull on Pianosa

Pianosa is one of few islands of the Tuscan archipelago that is home to Audouin’s gull nesting sites. This year once again, a colony of around 80 pairs settled, monitored by experts from the Italian Higher Institute for Environmental Protection and Research (ISPRA). The researchers monitored the nests of the …

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Educational play on the dunes of Lacona!

On 27 May, four classes from Elba middle schools took part with great enthusiasm in the environmental educational activities organised as part of the project. After an interesting introduction to the dune habitats and the species that inhabit them, the children were challenged with putting into practice all their skills …

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RESTO CON LIFE promotional shoot

Filming continues for the project’s promotional video. Operators are using a drone to film the dunes of Lacona and the alien plants that can be a threat to native species typical of this habitat.