The Islets of Petra


  • they are unique
    The absence of humans and terrestrial carnivores renders these islets the last available nesting sites for rare bird species, which cannot find safe breeding sites elsewhere. Islets became isolated from larger islands many thousands of years ago, and as a result they support rare fauna and flora species, many of which are endemic. Here, one can observe important reptilian and invertebrate fauna, while the flora present are of special interest, comprising species that have become adapted to the harsh islet environment.

  • they are threatened
    Disturbance resulting from human presence may have a negative effect on breeding birds. Since islets are now easily accessible to those traveling on recreational boats, disturbance is increasing. In addition, pets and rodents can destroy nests by predating chicks and eggs.

  • What you can do to help;
    Islets are sensitive and unique ecosystems. For this reason, care should be taken when approaching them.
    We must avoid disturbing nesting birds and should not land on an islet if we see birds taking off. It is also important not to allow pets on the islets, even if they are kept on a lead. Finally, take care not to remove or introduce plants or animals on islets. It is important that islets maintain their uniqueness and character!

  • they are protected
    Many uninhabited islets have been designated as protected areas and have been included in the "Natura 2000" network, a European network of sites of high conservation value (Directives 92/43/EEC and 79/409 EEC). Thus, their conservation is both a national obligation and a shared responsibility.