In the February 25, 2023 edition of the Público newspaper, researcher Afonso Rocha (CESAM/BIO) discusses his work with black-tailed godwits in the Tejo estuary. This work was conducted in collaboration with researchers from the University of Extremadura (Spain).
“Historically, the most important sites for the species as stopover areas during the migration route were Doñana, in Southern Spain, and in Portugal, the Tejo estuary. However, due to drought and the increasing use of water for agriculture in these Doñana areas and also in the rice fields of Extremadura [Spain], available habitat has been diminishing. In recent years, the Tejo estuary has also expanded its rice cultivation area, increasing its importance in terms of the species’ population,” the researcher stated in the article.
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