A project of Ascension Island Gov/ Uni of Exeter in conjunction with the partners and sponsors detailed below.
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The Ascension Island frigatebird (Fregata aquila) is endemic to Ascension Island and only nests on a single offshore islet - Boatswainbird Island (although a single pair recently bred successfully on the mainland).
As part of a 2 year project funded by the Darwin Initiative, Ascension Island Conservation Department, the University of Exeter and the RSPB recently deployed 3 PTTs and 30 GPS logging devices on nesting frigatebirds as a pilot study to investigate the foraging behaviour of this species.
It is hoped that a better understanding of their movements at sea will help us to identify areas where they may need extra protection e.g. from conflicts with fisheries.
This project is funded by the Darwin Initiative as part of the project "Implementing a Biodiversity Action Plan for Ascension Island".