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Airport company to fund bird centre

The company that manages Portugal’s airports, ANA Aeroportos, is to finance the bird rehabilitation centre in the Ria Formosa natural park in Olhão.

The bird centre will receive 40,000 euros a year from the company and will be managed privately.

According to João Alves, a spokesman from the Instituto de Conservação da Natureza e Biodiversidade, institute of nature conservation and biodiversity (ICNB), the funding was negotiated by the park’s previous director, Isabel Pires, as a voluntary measure to compensate for the environmental impact caused by Faro airport.

ANA Aeroportos will also be donating a further 40,000 euros annually to a similar centre in Seia, in the north of Portugal.

“These funds will ensure that a full time carer can be hired and a veterinarian can be called and paid for when required at the centres” said João Alves.

In 2007, the rehabilitation centre in the Ria Formosa rescued and treated a total of 31 Griffon Vultures, as well as other birds, and has already cared for 18 of that species so far this year.

Daniel Santos, the centre’s coordinator said: “We have seagulls, doves and pigeons; we help any animal that needs it.”

For more information about the centre in the Ria Formosa or to report an injured bird, please telephone 289 700 210.