Thursday, 31 July 2014

British turtles are booming

Posted by: Kevin Heath / 1 day ago

It may take more than a day trip to the coast to see the booming turtle population but the numbers of green turtles on British dependency Ascension Island are booming. The latest survey shows that turtle numbers on the main beaches now total 24,000 nests – an increase of 500% since records began in the 1970′s

The increase means that the beaches around the Ascension Island are now the second largest breeding population in the Atlantic Ocean. The future could be even brighter for the turtles and other wildlife as the governor signed in to existence 7 new nature reserves yesterday (28th July 2014) which included 3 main green turtle nesting sites. The new sites means a fifth of the Island is now protected as nature reserves.

The new sites which were signed of by Island’s Governor Mark Capes will also secure the future of nesting sites for over 800,000 sea birds. The sites were part of a biodiversity action plan that was developed by the Ascension Island Government and the University of Exeter. The new action plan followed on from over 2 years of research on the island.

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