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 Scopoli’s shearwater, carried out a census of the European shag and the herring gull, a species similar to the Audouin’s gull but with more aggressive behaviour. Instead, on land, during the night, they observed and listened to the songs of the nocturnal bird species: European nightjar, scops owl and barn owl.

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