The LIFE Berlengas was a success and several good results were achieved.

Project Reports

Inception Report (February 2015)

Mid-term Report (April 2016)

Progress Report (May 2017)

Progress Report (October 2018)

Final Report (October 2019)


Preparatory Actions


Action final report (December 2016)


Action final report (December 2016)


Report regarding Black rats and rabbits genetic analyses (September 2016)

Monitoring of rabbit population (October 2016)

Characterization of an insular population of invasive rodents (July 2016)


Action final report (December 2016)


Action final report (December 2016)

Maps of flora distribution (October 2016)


Action final report (February 2015)


Action final report (February 2017)

The role of fisheries in Yellow-legged Gull's diet (Sara Nujo Veríssimo Master Thesis)

In five years of the project, we had the help of more than 200 volunteers. Most participants were students of bachelor, masters and professional courses. Many of them took the opportunity to develop their master thesis, degree or internships reports.

Conservation Actions


Seabird tracking data (May 2017)

Preliminary report (December 2017)

Final report (September 2019)


Operational plan to remove invasive mammals (June 2016)

Action final report (June 2019)


Action final report (September 2018)


Evolution of Hottentot Fig Removal (December 2016)

Video of vegetation recover in the intervention areas (June 2016)

Intervention areas maps (December 2016)

Action final report (September 2018)


Preliminary report (March 2017)

Report on the characterization of fishing discards (September 2018)

Action final report (September 2018)

Environmental Criminology Workshop  The role of NGOs in preventing and detecting crime against the environment (communication) (flyer)


Biosecurity Plan for Berlenga Island: Protocols and procedures to minimise the risk of rodents introduction on Berlanga Island (April 2019)


Monitoring Actions


Final report (December 2017)

Report on exclusion areas (June 2019)


Visitation baromether (December 2017)

Recreational use of Berlengas and implications for its management (Alexandra Gil Master thesis)


Report from the Workshop "Management of berlengas SPA: Plan, Implement, take action" (February 2017)

Technical report on the stakeholder's perception of the opportunities and constraints arising from the SPA (August 2017)


Action final report (June 2019)

Evaluation of the effect of the eradication of invasive mammals in the trophic niche of the Berlengas Wall Lizard (Podarcis carbonelli berlengensis) using isotopic analysis (Sara Ferreira Nunes Master thesis)


Dissemination Actions


Layman's report (September 2019)


Management Actions


Restoration of Island Ecosystems Workshop, January 2018 (abstract book), (oral communications), (roundtables results)

International Workshop Reducing seabird bycatch in European Waters - Challenges & Opportunities, March 2019 (oral communications) (conclusions)

Database of projects and bibliography concerned with se in European waters (Excel)

Database of projects regarding restoration of Island Ecosystems (Excel)


After-LIFE Plan (september 2019)


Internship Reports

Marta Catita internship - Monitorização e implementação de técnicas para recuperação de habitats insulares: o caso de estudo da ilha da Berlenga (July 2015)

Claudio Bicho internship - Interações entre Aves Marinhas e redes de emalhar e tresmalho (August 2015)

Emília dos Santos internship - Gestão e Monitorização no âmbito do projeto LIFE+ Berlengas (2015) 

Elisabete Silva master thesis - Contribuição para o estudo da biologia reprodutora e ecologia de galheta Phalacrocorax aristotelis, do arquipélago das Berlengas (December 2015)

Mariana Anjos internship - Projecto LIFE Berlengas. Gestão Sustentável de uma Zona de Proteção Especial (January 2016)

Andrea Ripol internship - Conservation and restoration of insular habitats in favor of native vegetation and nesting marine bird populations (February 2016)

Anita Alessandrini internship - Conservation and restoration of insular habitats for the benefit of native vegetation and populations of breeding seabirds (February 2016)

Irene Tolu master thesis - Incidenza di variabili ambientali ed effetto dell'esperienza nel comportamento della Berta maggiore, Calonectris borealis, durante le cure parentali sull'isola diBerlenga (Portogallo) (February 2016)

Isabelle Bellier internship - Suivi du Cormoran huppé (Phalacrocorax aristotelis) sur l'île de Berlenga, Portugal (May 2016)

Tânia Nascimento master thesis - Caracterização de uma população insular de roedores invasores. O caso do rato-preto (Rattus rattus) na ilha da Berlenga (July 2016) 

Claudia Pich master thesis - Influencia de las variables ambientales en el comportamiento de cría de la pardela atlántica (Calonectris borealis). Análisis de los patrones de asistencia en la isla Berlenga (June 2016)

Diana Barão internship - A idade e o sucesso reprodutor têm influência na fidelidade de Calonectris borealis nas Berlengas, Portugal? (May 2017)

Rita Matos internship - Monitoring fisheries, bycatch and mitigation measures (June 2018)