The North-East Atlantic Arc, a vast maritime area stretching from the Bay of Biscay to the English Channel, is currently seeing the development of new uses such as offshore wind turbine projects. However, very little is known about the use of this maritime area by birds and bats, whether sedentary or migratory. In this context, it is essential to collect data to fill these knwoledge gaps and identify the main functional zones and migratory movements of the species.
To characterise, on the scale of the North-East Atlantic Arc, the migrations of birds and bats at sea and the functions of coastal and offshore areas for seabirds, both during the breeding and wintering periods.
- State of knowledge and data on birds and bats in the North-East Atlantic Arc.
- Deployment of complementary means and technologies (radar, telemetry, acoustic and visual monitoring, aerial campaigns).
- Combined modelling of the acquired data for an integrative approach
Partners and funding
This project is led by l’Office Français de la Biodiversité, and coordinated by France Energies Marines and Muséum Nationale d’Histoire Naturelle.
The total budget of the project is €9M
Photo credit: France Energies Marines