Importance of protecting dunes and birdlife highlighted
Protecting the dunes of local beaches is key to protecting nearby communities from rising sea levels and maintaining wildlife diversity – particularly the rich birdlife.
This was the main subject discussed during a lecture at the Alvor Community on Wednesday, April 6, organised by the Institute of Nature and Forest Conservation (ICNF), the Portuguese Society of Bird Studies (SPEA) and environmental association A Rocha.
The lecture highlighted how the Alvor estuary (Ria de Alvor in Portuguese) is part of the protected network of ecosystems known as Rede Natura 2000 and is a breeding area for two species of birds which build their nests at beaches and dunes: the little tern (Sternula albifrons) and the Kentish plover (Charadrius alexandrinus).
As their breeding season coincides with the bathing season, members of local police forces (Maritime Police and GNR), the parish council, civil protection services, waste and water management company EMARP and many others attended the lecture to “contribute to the reproductive success of both species”.
Portimão Council adds that two informative panels are due to be installed at the estuary, while the area where little terns establish their colony every year will be marked.