By John Smith • 15 June 2021 • 17:18
An adult Kentish plover
Credit: Maties Rebassa twitter
THREE breeding pairs of Kentish plover spotted in Mallorca after 30 years in the environment of the Natural Park of s’Albufera de Mallorca.
The birth of chicks of the genus Charadrius alexandrinus has been possible thanks to the closure of a suitable area for nesting in the breakwater of s’Oberta, thanks to the new Natural Resources Management Plan
It is a small wading bird typical of salt marshes, beaches and well-preserved stretches of coast and is believed to be the only wader able to nest on Mallorca and is currently listed as being ‘under special protection’.
This bird usually breeds on the sides of the interior brackish lagoons of the park and also did so in the s’Oberta area but human especially in spring and summer, caused it to disappear from most of the beaches where it grew up and no group been known to manage to breed in the coastal area of s’Albufera de Mallorca since 1988
The recent expansion of the park and the approval of the plan have allowed a temporary closure for conservation reasons of the species and during June park staff have been able to confirm the presence of chicks in three different nests in this area and it is expected that during the coming weeks they will make their first flights.
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Married to Ophelia in Gibraltar in 1978, John has spent much of his life travelling on security print and minting business and visited every continent except Antarctica.
Having retired several years ago, the couple moved to their house in Estepona and John became a regular news writer for the EWN Media Group taking particular interest in Finance, Gibraltar and Costa del Sol Social Scene.
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