The Balearic Islands monitor the colony of great shearwaters on the islet of Pantaleu

The Balearics monitor the colony of great shearwaters on the islet of Pantaleu. Image: Consell de Mallorca

The Balearic Islands closely monitor the population of Great Shearwaters, a vulnerable bird species, on the islet of Pantaleu during their breeding season.

Since July 1, the environmental services of the Consell de Mallorca and the Government of the Balearic Islands have been monitoring the colony of great shearwaters, a type of bird, on the islet of Pantaleu in order to avoid disturbances during their breeding season. reproduction. Signs have also been installed to inform people that it is forbidden to land on the islet.

Pantaleu is an islet located off the west coast of Mallorca, in the municipality of Andrach, about 200 meters from Sant Elm. It is part of the Sa Dragonera Natural Park, together with the island of Dragonera and the islet of Sa Mitjana.

The Great Shearwater (Calonectris diomedea) is a species classified as vulnerable and its population is declining at the national level. One of the biggest threats is the introduction of other species such as dogs or rats into breeding areas. At the beginning of March, they arrive on the islet and lay a single egg. Both parents incubate the egg and the chicks begin to fly in summer. Throughout the nesting period, their protection is vital.

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