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Furnas de Santo António

Nature Reserve

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This area consists of an islet with about 0.16 hectares, located near the coast and composed of basaltic flows, already covered by some soil that allowed some natural vegetation to emerge.

It is classified as a Special Protection Area (SPA) within the Natura 2000 network, as it is an important habitat for migratory seabirds, like the Sterna dougallii, the Sterna hirundo and Calonectris borealis, which nest in this place during the summer, therefore it cannot be done activities that may disturb the nidification natural process of these colonies.

It is also possible to observe flora species with conservation interest, such as the Festuca petraea and the Spergularia azorica. The vegetation of the pebble coasts and the slopes with Macaronesian coastal vegetation are the most important habitats.

This nature reserve is included in the Furnas de Santo António Important Bird and Biodiversity Area (IBA) and in the priority geosite of Arriba Fóssil de Santo António-São Roque (fossil sea-cliff) of Azores UNESCO Global Geopark.

Classifications:

Natura 2000 network

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