Desertas Islands Natural Reserve
Desertas Islands Natural Reserve is bounded by the 100 meters bathymetric contour line, including all the islands and islets and respective maritime area. It includes three volcanic islands, Ilhéu Chão, Deserta Grande and Bugio.
Desertas Islands are protected since 1990 and were classified as a Natural Reserve in 1995. It is awarded with Biogenetic Reserve since 1992, is included in Natura 2000 Network and is an Important Bird Area (IBA).
The Reserve contains several plant species endemic to Macaronesia, with some exclusive to Desertas Islands.
The fauna of the Desertas Islands is diversified, mostly as regards nesting birds. The Reserve is a refuge for an interesting community of several species of seabirds such as Deserta's Petrel, endemic to Madeira, nesting exclusively on Bugio, Bulwer’s Petrel, the largest colony of this species in the Atlantic, Madeiran Storm-petrel and Cory’s Shearwater.
These Islands are also one of the last refuges and of most important areas for the reproduction of the Mediterranean monk seal in Europe.
The terrestrial and marine biodiversity of the Desertas Islands as well as the importance of their habitats make these islands an exceptional Natural Reserve.
Advanced permission from Serviço do Parque Natural da Madeira (Madeira Natural Park) is needed to anchor and visit ashore. To obtain it, contact us by e-mail, with the following information:
a) Date and period of your staying;
b) Boat’s responsible identification;
c) Crew members number;
d) Boat’s registration name and nationality;
e) Type of boat;
f) Aim of the visit, namely if it is particular or commercial.
This is a resumed translation of the Portuguese version. For further information, please contact the Reserve Coordination.