Conservation, Research Projects
& Study Programs
Mission & Goals
Birds & Company ultimate goal is to contribute for the sustainable development of the region, keeping and increasing the value of natural heritage. For this porpuse different organizations and entities in Madeira archipelago have reunite their efforts with several conservation and research projects with different groups of fauna, flora, habitats and people.
With Birds & Company you can collaborate in research projects and contribute to the nature conservation in Madeira archipelago, taking part in campaigns, field works and also learn new methodologies.
The different kind of islands habitats, several protected areas, rich biodiversity and good weather conditions provides Madeira with fantastic conditions for outdoor classrooms.
Open Night: Save Seabirds ©B&C
The study programs can be costumized for schools, universities, institutions or private groups that want to learn more about Madeira's natural history or partake on active conservation and research projects. A diverse range of themes are available or can be adjusted to your interest. Some of the examples are:
• Visit to Desertas Island - ecology of oceanic islands and their conservation;
• Walk in Laurel Forest - explore the history and evolution;
• Explore Mountains of Madeira - biodiversity and geology;
• Birds of Madeira - identification and ecology;
Bellow, are some of the projects Birds & Company has been collaborating with by sending data and pictures taken during the tours for research studies, promote campaigns with volunteers for helping the projects, communication (lectures, fairs, publications, exhibitions):
Workshop Birdwatching ©B&C
Cleaning the beach ©B&C
Students Activities ©MC
Atlas of Breeding Birds of Madeira Archipelago
It is the first Atlas of Breeding Birds in the archipelago of Madeira, with detailed online information about the area of occurrence and distribution of all the birds that breed in the archipelago. The results of this Atlas are 46 landbirds and seabirds breeding species in the archipelago of Madeira.
The Atlas is considered a tool for scientific, didactic and pedagogical interest, which give us basic information about birds in a geographic area. This information will support, for example, the actions of natural resource management, nature conservation, and even in nature tourism particularly in birdwatching.
Birds & Company has collaborated with records and images taken during tours, and since the beginning of the Atlas some team members of Birds & Company have been involved in the work of the project.
Macaronesian Sparrowhawk LIFE project
A LIFE+ project entitled “Conservation of Macaronesian Sparrowhawk (Accipiter nisus granti) and Laurissilva habitat in Madeira Island" managed by SPEA -Madeira, in partnership with the Direção Regional de Florestas e Conservação da Natureza, Sociedad Española de Ornitología e Serviço do Parque Natural da Madeira, running in 2013-2017.
The main goal of the project is the conservation of a priority subspecies through the recovery and protection of their natural habitat - the Madeira Laurel forest. This project aims to fill information on the ecology of the species distribution and population trend in Madeira and five island of Canary Islands, also intends to restore and protect the natural habitat of the species that has been subject to fires and invasions of exotic plants through recover and reforestation, among other actions.
Birds & Company intends to collaborate and support the project contributing with data collected in their activities and tours, encouraging all its customers to disclosure records of the species. The partnership will allowed also organized activities of field work for the tourists and public in general.
Canning-Clode Marine Lab
A new research group with special interest in marine biological invasions. The work is focused mainly on marine fouling communities as a model system to study and explore this ecological event. Marine invasions have been detected in coastal communities, mainly resulting from commercial shipping, transfers of species in ballast water and fouling on hulls. An aditional relatively unexplored vector for the introduction of non-indigenous species is through marine debris.
The Canning-Clode Marine Lab has been implementing field studies and collaborative projects about this theme. They recenntly started the Madeira Monitoring Marine Invasive Species Program (MAD_MOMIS) which involve a few local nautical recreational companies, including Birds & Company.
One of the goals of this program is implement a regional survey on marine debris, by collecting all debris we can find during the sea trips around the archipelago. Marine debris, such as rubber, plastics, metals, fishing material, and others can be vectors for the introduction of exotic species.
Rescue Campaign - Save Seabirds
A project managed by SPEA Madeira - Portuguese Society for the Study of Birds – The portuguese Birdlife partner, which intends to minimize the threat of public illumination on seabirds. In the end of breeding season, when the young birds leave the nests and go to the sea they are attracted to the lights and circle them until they are exhausted and injured during their fall to the ground.
The Rescue Campaign is one of the action of this project, which every year between October 1st and November 20th, rescue squads are organized to search grounded birds mainly in coastline areas (beaches, promenades, roads) or places with glaring lights (football fields, buildings).
Birds & Company in partnership with SPEA-Madeira has organized Open Nights with locals and tourists to patrolled different areas around Madeira Island. In the last Open Night on earlier November the rescue squad had the opportunities to rescue 3 juveniles of Cory’s Shearwaters.
Eco Compatible LIFE Project
A LIFE+ project managed by Natural Park of Madeira and SPEA, which aims the communication to the public as well as better management and conservation of the 11 sites of Natura 2000 network (European Ecological Network) in archipelago.
The goal of the project is promote and increased “the compatibility between the development of cultural and socio-economic activities of fishing, agriculture and nature tourism, the management of natural resources, hazardous area, habitats and species of Natura 2000 sites." Several initiatives and campaigns have happened with the target groups, with the aim to “obtaining personal commitment from individuals about conservation and promotion of local biodiversity in order to improve the economic activity and overall quality of life”.
Birds & Company is a Stakeholder of this project. In this collaboration, Birds & Company aims to promote good environmental practices in their tours and activities, particularly in protected areas and Natura 2000 sites.