The sea wall at the Aspretto naval base (Ajaccio) is home to a breeding colony of Audouin's Gulls (about the site).
The first Life project operation took place on 9 April 2013, and involved theinstallation of a gate to limit access to the sea wall and create an undisturbed habitat for the birdsduring the breeding season. The Audouin's Gulls have now returned to the site from their winter habitats along the coastlines of Morocco, Senegal and the Mediterranean, and have begun their courtship rituals. The young birds will fly away in late June/early July.
Additional action will be taken to limit human disturbance at this vulnerable site. This will include the restoration of nesting spots for the birds, the erection of improved signage and the creation of an observation and assessment system including a webcam to monitor the colony remotely.