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Highlights

  • Human activity and its effect on regional ecosytem
  • Ecology and conservation biology of the North Adriatic Sea
  • Research and rescue centres for the bottle-nosed dolphin, loggerhead sea turtle and griffin vulture

The islands of Cres and Losinj form an archipelago of 36 (mostly uninhabited) islands, islets and reefs.  The islands are heavily indented with hundreds of beaches, coves and inlets, creating an area of exceptional beauty and geographical interest.  

The Cres-Losing Marine Protected Area in the North Adriatic Sea was created to conserve the local dolphin population and sustainably manage the marine resources of the Cres-Losinj archipelago.  Cres is the most biodiverse of all Croatia’s islands. 

This section of the North Adriatic is quite shallow and is an important habitat for sea-turtles and dolphins.  Given the intense level of tourism in July and August, and more recently, oil and gas exploration, it is not surprising that the needs of nature conflict with the economic demands of humans.  Plastic garbage, over-fishing and undersea noise pollution are the main threats to wildlife. 

Students will visit three research centers (focusing on dolphins, sea-turtles and the griffin vultures) which study the ecology of the entire region with a focus on human impact.  Workshops of the dolphin population introduce scientific methods of data collection and identification techniques:  programmes include a boat trip to identify dolphins.  Groups can choose from a range of modules:

 

  • Population movement and visit to ancient clifftop villages
  • Fish systematics
  • The Sea – physical and chemical characteristics  
  • Visit to olive grove – importance to economy, methods of production      
  • Sensory workshop – walk through a forest to heighten all 5 senses