Detailed initial study to analyse human visitor numbers (Action A5)
Around 100 people work at the base each day, including personnel working in areas other than navigation. Personnel from Customs, the DDTM, the Coastguard and Sea Police, the SNSM and the French Navy have access to the inner harbour as part of their work and regularly depart from there on operations.
Members of the sports and arts club also have access to the sea wall, where their boat is moored (agreement with the Naval command). The police divers' leisure and sports club also uses the site. These people visit the base at weekends and on public holidays, and are unaware of the presence of the Audouin's Gull colony.
A human visitor study is currently being carried out. The aim of this study is to identify the potential impacts of these human activities on the Audouin's Gull colony and to recommend actions to mitigate these impacts.
Visitor management operation (Action C6)
The aim of this action is to protect the colony's nesting and breeding grounds from human disturbance. A new metal gate will be installed and "no entry" signs will be erected at the sea wall access points, forbidding entry to the site during the breeding season (1 April to 31 July). Large "no entry" signs will also be placed outside the sea wall for sea users (fishers, pleasure boaters, kayak users, etc.).
Information signs and an educational programme (Action E3)
Three types of sign are planned:
- A sign by the entrance, stating the fact that the military camp is involved in a biodiversity protection project. This has been placed on the main entry gate to the base.
- An information sign describing the project and the specific actions at the Aspretto naval base. This is currently under development.
- Signs describing the work undertaken, which will detail current operations and the aims of these operations.
An education programme will also be introduced. This will involve interpreting the information provided in an inventive and creative way to ensure that it can be understood and appreciated by members of the public, and will ensure that the public supports the decision to restrict entry to the military base. A webcam will also be installed so that the colony can be viewed online.