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Lo que dice el Arxiduc:

“Large numbers of herring gulls build their nests on La Ferrera and La Foradada, but not on Columbrete Grande. In the spring, they come to Columbretes, where, as harbingers of the season, they are welcomed with joy... When they fly, they move slowly, with delight. They fly not with an objective, but rather for fun. Their silvery white colour can be seen clearly against the blue of the sea, like ethereal figurines.”

Urios, G., Nachtwey, J., Translation, Columbretes, 1895, Castellón City Council, 1990.

Datos proyecto Nixe III:

According to the Nature Reserve staff:

“Salvator didn’t find any seagulls on Illa Grossa. The only thing he commented about seagulls was that they had a lot of nests on Ferrera and Foradada but not on Illa Grossa. […] He was probably referring to the Larus michaellis michaellis species (herring gull) which is still the most abundant sea bird on the archipelago today.”

“Two species of seagulls coexist today on Columbretes, both in the Laridae family: the Yellow-legged gull and Audouin’s gull (Larus audouini). Audouin’s gulls are listed as at risk of extinction in the Valencian Catalogue of Threatened Fauna (Catálogo Valenciano de Especies de Fauna Amenazadas, Decree 32/2004, dated February 27th, by the Council), and preserving this species was one of the important reasons behind which the archipelago was protected in 1988.”

During our stay on the islands, we had the great fortune to see them on Foradada, one of their few nesting grounds.

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