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The Regional Secretary of Energy, Environment and Tourism stated today in Horta that the future Azorean Seabird House is "another relevant investment in nature conservation and preservation and dissemination of the natural heritage", given the importance of the biodiversity of the Azores islands.

The Regional Secretary was speaking at the laying of the foundation stone of the future Azorean Seabirds House, an investment of the Castelo Branco Parish Council, developed with the technical support of the Regional Environment Directorate, which should be completed during the spring of 2020.

Marta Guerreiro highlighted the importance of this initiative of the Parish Council, located next to the Morro de Castelo Branco Nature Reserve, which is intended to be “a unique valence” in the archipelago dedicated to seabirds, “with a special focus on cagarro and frulho”.

Marta Guerreiro said that the future structure will allow direct contact of varied audiences with the particularities of these birds, which will contribute to "the dissemination of the importance of their conservation among the population, particularly tourists visiting the island of Faial".

It is a space of about 180 m2, consisting of a reception area and shop, a permanent exhibition area, where access is through a sound tunnel of the Azorean seabirds, and a small multipurpose auditorium with the capacity for about 30 people, which will have an audiovisual system designed to display a high definition film, which will focus mainly on the Morro de Castelo Branco and the Azorean seabirds.

In this space, it will be possible to carry out educational activities, workshops, seminars on the theme of birds, as well as working meetings.

The Morro de Castelo Branco Nature Reserve was the target of a landscape intervention in 2015 with the purpose of harmoniously ordering the space, guaranteeing the conditions of pedestrian accessibility, also for people with reduced mobility, for the contemplation of this structure. geological area, as well as the construction of a small open-air auditorium for visitors to enjoy the night-time singing of the "cagarros".