Regional census of coastal seabird colonies along the coast of West Africa

As part of the Coastal Seabirds Project funded by MAVA, BirdLife International (BL) has launched the regional census of Terns and Gulls along the coast of West Africa, using drones.

The drone Experts supporting BL and its partners, will fly drones over all the breading sites of the colonies of Terns and Gulls of West Africa, from Mauritania to Guinea, including the Parc National du Delta du Saloum (PNDS) and the Reserve Ornithologique de Kalissaye (ROK) in Senegal; Jeta island and the archipelago of Bijagós in Guinea-Bissau; Alcatraz and the Naufrage island in Guinea and the Parc National du Banc d’Arguin (PNBA), in Mauritania.

All the technical staff of the concerned Protected Area and NGO partners, students and the project team are receiving practical training on drone counting and seabird colony monitoring techniques. This is the third round of this regional colonial seabird counting with drones, which was initiated in 2015 as part of the Alcyon project.