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Plant Sociology 51 (2) S1 2014

pag. 47-50: The Kentish plover (Charadrius alexandrinus) and the preservation of the dune environment on the coast of Senigallia and Montemarciano (Central Italy): activities carried out and future

M. Mencarelli1, F. Morici1, M. Morganti1 & C. Sebastianelli2

1Studio Naturalistico Diatomea, Via 28 settembre 28 I-60019, Senigallia (AN), Italy.
2Associazione A.R.C.A., Viale Bonopera 52 I-60019, Senigallia (AN), Italy.

doi: 10.7338/pls2014512S1/06

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In the Marche region (Central Italy) the Kentish plover (Charadrius alexandrinus) is considered as a breeding, migratory and irregular wintering species. In Senigallia it breeds in three different areas: Cesano e Cesanella (North litoral) and Marzocca (South litoral). Since 2009 is regularly carried out the monitoring of Kentish plover along the coast of Senigallia and Montemarciano, where since 2011 there are some breeding pairs. In collaboration with local governments over the last four years have taken some conservation strategies for the protection of the breeding population that also affect the dune habitat protection. In the study period there was an increase in the number of breeding pairs and a strong increase in the number of young fledged (96.6%). The trend shows that we moved from 10-12 pairs in 2009 to 21-22 in 2012 and 2013. Compared to 2008 (8 nests) there was an increase of 72.4% of the nests found. In many cases along the coast south of Marzocca, have been selected as a place of deposition, the roofs of bathing.


Charadrius alexandrinus, dune environment, Montemarciano, preservation, Senigallia