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Phillip Island, Australia

Phillip Island hold more than 500,000 breeding pairs of Short-tailed shearwaters and around 28-32 Phillip Island is an “Important Bird Area” located in south-eastern Australia. That small island supports more than 500,000 breeding pairs of Short-tailed shearwaters Ardenna tenuirostris and around 26,000-28,000 of little penguins Eudyptula minor

Short-tailed shearwater fledgling grounded by artificial lights
Short-tailed shearwater fledgling grounded by artificial lights

Canary Islands

The Canarian Archipelago encompasses seven major islands and several islets and rocks. It is situated approximately 100 Km away from the African continent. Oceanic nature of these islands makes that many singular and fascinating ecological and evolutionary processes take place there.

Negro rock in the North of La Palma Island
Negro rock in the North of La Palma Island

Anaga massif in the North of Tenerife Island
Anaga massif in the North of Tenerife Island

Canarian thermophilous scrubland

The flora of the thermophilous scrubland is mainly made up of plants with a Mediterranean origin. In the Macaronesian Islands, this scrubland was present in the Cape Verde, Madeira, and Canary Islands archipelagos. However, this habitat is currently restricted to the Canary Islands, where only a few fragments are still well-conserved; this being the most degraded and threatened of the regional habitats.

One of the best conserved thermophilous scrubland fragments at Tenerife Island
One of the best conserved thermophilous scrubland fragments at Tenerife Island

Lizards are important seed dispersers for many fleshy-fruited plant species from the thermophilous scrubland
Lizards are important seed dispersers for many fleshy-fruited plant species from the thermophilous scrubland

Lesser kestrel colonies

The lesser kestrel (Falco naumanni) is a small migratory falcon which breeds in the Western Palearctic, from the Iberian Peninsula to China, and winters in Africa. Lesser Kestrels typically breed in urban colonies of up to 100 pairs, usually in buildings as castles or churches.

Lesser kestrel colony in a castle (Mairena, Seville province)
Lesser kestrel colony in a castle (Mairena, Seville province)

Lesser kestrel incubating in the colony of Purificación church (Manzanilla)
Lesser kestrel incubating in the colony of Purificación church (Manzanilla)