SPEA -Azores collaborate with Azorean Biodiversity Group for the biomonitorization of Azoeran native forests

The Azorean Biodiversity Group started an unprecedented collaboration with several Azorean environmental organizations to perform a Long Term Ecological Study in the natural forest of several Azorean islands.

The SPEA Portuguese Bird Association is the most recent collaborator of our study that aims to monitor the flying insect fauna and to monitor the impact of climatic changes in the productivity of Azorean native forests.

We aim to monitor these forests four times per year following the seasonal variation during the next 5 years within the 2020 Horizon. For that we setup SLAM traps (see Attached Figure) in the following areas: Pico Alto at St. Maria island; Graminhais, Tronqueira and Furnas at S. Miguel Island; Galhardo, Caldeira St. Bárbara, Terra-Brava and Rocha do Chambre at Terceira Island; Caldeira, Cabeço do Fogo and Pedro Miguel at Faial island; Caveiro, Lagoa do Caiado and Mistério da Prainha at Pico island; Cardeira Funda & Rasa e Morro Alto at Flores Island.

The traps in Terceira are already operating since 2012 within the Project NETBIOME ISLANDBIODIV. In the other islands the study started in August-September 2013. This study is possible due to an unprecedented collaboration with the Natural Parks of Santa Maria, Terceira, Faial, Pico, and Flores, the Botanical Garden of Faial, the Furnas Monitoring and Research Centre and now SPEA- Azores