“Success is no accident. It is hard work, preserverence, learning and studying, sacrifice and most of all, love of what you are doing.”
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Here you can see the progress of our work, what have we achieved and what is yet to come.



ACHIEVED RESULTS

FIELDWORK RESEARCH

  • Yelkouan Shearwater’s nesting sites mapped
  • Cameras (photo-traps) installed for the purpose of determinig the presence of ship rats on the chosen locations
  • Ship rat population control began on the chosen islands
  • All nests marked on Zaklopatica island to determine the nesting success
  • Cameras installed (photo-traps) near Audouin’s Gulls’ nests
  • BL Malta and dr. Karen Varnham participated in fieldwork on Lastovo

MEETINGS AND EVENTS

PUBLICATIONS

OTHER

EXPECTED RESULTS

  • A complete estimate of the sea population of the Yelkouan Shearwater, Audouin’s Gull and Scopoli’s Shearwater, identifying important areas for feeding and resting on the sea.
  • Estimation of the presence and level of terrestrial and marine threats to seabird populations (predators, competition with other species, marine litter, disturbance by visitors, by catch in fishing gear etc.).
  • Individual tracking of 40 Scopoli’s Shearwater, 40 Yelkouan Shearwater and 15 Audoin’s Gull using remote sensing (data loggers, UHF radio transmitters and satellite transmitters).
  • Proclamation of marine SPAs based on data obtained and submitted to competent institutions.
  • Improvement of Management Plan for Nature Park Lastovo Islands/SPA Lastovsko otočje with a specific framework for monitoring of marine birds.
  • Monitoring of the relevant fishery fleet (at least 10%) operating in the project area to estimate the level of bycatch.
  • Mitigation methods implemented by at least 10% of relevant fishing fleets.
  • Publication and distribution of good practice guidelines for marine birds, with emphasis on rules of behavior when encountering marine birds for tourists, tourist boat owners and fishermen.
  • Control of Yellow-legged Gull population at two locations where they overlap with the Audouin’s Gull population.
  • Eradication of ship rats on remote islets where seabirds nest in the Nature Park Lastovo Islands/SPA Lastovsko otočje.
  • Black rat population controlled on the islets located near the inhabited places in Nature Park Lastovo Islands/SPA Lastovsko otočje.
  • Organized Conference on conservation of marine birds in the Mediterranean, the designation of the marine areas of the Natura 2000 ecological network and cross-border cooperation.
  • Developed birdwatching offer for visitors of Nature Park Lastovo Islands/SPA Lastovsko otočje.
  • Developed and installed educational-interpretation path on seabirds in the Nature Park Lastovo Islands/SPA Lastovsko otočje.
  • Developed and implemented educational programme on seabirds for the children on the islands Vis, Lastovo, Korčula.
  • Developed and implemented a series of seabird awareness rising public events on Vis and Lastovo (exhibition on seabirds, night of Albatros, coastal and underwater cleaning actions).