Monitoring Audouin’s gulls on Pianosa using GPS

May 2015: three adult Audouin’s gulls from the Pianosa colony were fitted with GPS. As in 2014, their positions recorded every half hour provide the Italian Higher Institute for Environmental Protection and Research (ISPRA) with important information on feeding areas and migratory movement. In 2014, one of the birds provided …

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European storm petrels on Montecristo

  On 18 and 19 June 2014, as part of the final monitoring operations for the ‘Montecristo 2010’ Life Project, sightings of the European storm petrel in the seas surrounding Montecristo were confirmed by Mario Cozzo and Camilla Gotti (Italian Higher Institute for Environmental Protection and Research; ISPRA). Two adults …

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Hedgehog monitoring begins on Pianosa

11.02.2015 – Field monitoring has begun of the Pianosa hedgehog population. The animals are captured and then released after tagging. The aim is to establish the population density and distribution of the species, as well as the effectiveness of trapping methods. In addition, genetic analysis will be undertaken to determine …

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24/11/2014 – Some preliminary work has started for the habitat restoration of  Southern riparian galleries and thickets of Montecristo. Researchers at the University of Florence have collected samples of oleander (Nerium oleander) near the island of Capraia; the samples will be analyzed using genetic techniques and compared with specimens of …

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First survey on the beach of Lacona

24.10.2014 – Researchers from Florence University have undertaken a primary survey on the beach of Lacona, in the municipality of Capoliveri. Technicians carried out natural conservation surveys using aerial photographs and GPS tools; they accurately identified and marked off the protected areas and mapped the invasive alien species found in …

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Resto con Life Project partner meeting

23.10.2104 –A meeting was held on the Island of Elba with the representative of the independent monitoring group, Dr Chiara Caccamo, and the various partners of the Life+RESTO CON LIFE Project: Tuscan Archipelago National Park (PNAT), Italian Higher Institute for Environmental Protection and Research (ISPRA), Florence University and the Forest …

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Survey of the Island of Pianosa – Scopoli’s shearwater colony

27.09.2014 – A survey was carried out of the Pianosa Scopoli’s shearwater colony at Punta Brigantina to check the nest contents before the young shearwaters flew the nest. Nest monitoring has highlighted the fact that the successful reproduction of shearwater pairs stands at around 20%. The nesting sites in which …

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A rare European hare at Pianosa, an animal of the past

Sometimes discoveries happen by chance, when they are least expected and when certainties have opened up other avenues. This occurred at Pianosa, an island of the Tuscan Archipelago, where a workgroup for the Life project co-financed by the European Commission found some surprising evidence: the hare population, although a result …

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