The Cabildo have called for the public’s cooperation to avoid disturbing Shearwater chicks as they begin to leave the nest.
Photo: Cabildo de Lanzarote.
The Cabildo’s Environment Councillor, Jorge Peñas, has called for the public to be mindful that “October and November is the time when the chicks leave the nest and fly for the first time, and artificial lights can dazzle and disorientate them on their way from the land to the sea and cause them to fall, which leaves them vulnerable to being run over or predators.”.
“This is a species we must protect, and a small gesture such as turning off or dimming outdoor lights at night can save the lives of many of these birds”, Peñas added.
The Cabildo would like to remind residents and tourists that if they come across an injured shearwater, they should contact the Wildlife Accident Rescue Service on 696 733 177 or call 112. If possible, the bird should be covered with a towel, blanket or jacket or put it in a cardboard box with holes in it during the wait for qualified personnel to arrive.
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