Biodiversity and the Company

Acea’s commitment in favour of Biodiversity manifests in certain simple but effective action:

  • the protection of the springs and the surrounding areas, which has made it possible to maintain conditions of elevated biological variety and richness in vast areas of natural interest.
  • the containment of the impact of high and medium voltage overhead lines which affect areas of particular value, pursued in collaboration with the area protection bodies so as to seek the best technological answer to the numerous problems which the presence of overhead lines for the transportation of electricity causes for the eco-system;
  • collaboration between Acea and Ornis Italica - a non-profit making company involved in the study and protection of birdlife. An important result of this long-term collaboration was the nesting of a couple of peregrine falcons on the drinking water reservoir which Acea manages in East Rome, in Salone. The event has occurred every year since 2010 and makes it possible to monitor what takes place in the nest thanks to a web-cam focused on the inside. A vast community of researchers and enthusiasts from around the world can thus follow this extraordinary life story each year, from the laying of the eggs until the small falcons take flight into the skies of Rome (see the related box for details).

A couple of peregrine falcons have nested in Salone since 2010

The nest for the peregrine falcons on the Salone reservoir, at the Acqua Vergine spring, was mounted in  February 2010, in the hope it would be used for the nest of a couple of falcons which were often seen in the area. The nest was occupied and the first reproductive success was registered straightaway, but unfortunately the nesting was unsuccessful in 2011. In 2012, the couple of falcons, which in the meantime had been named Appio and Vergine, occupied the nest for the third time with complete success of the reproductive phase.

On 26 April, when the chicks were already quite big, the ritual of the ringing took place which involves the placement of a small ring on the foot of the young falcons so as to provide useful information to the researchers and those tasked with protecting them. It should not be forgotten that these are protected birds of prey, subject to numerous dangers.

The event is intensely followed by the enthusiasts because they have the opportunity of a close up view of the young falcons and observing their rapid development, for weeks, via web images.

The facebook profile (http://www.facebook.com/Birdcam.it ) created in February 2011 was active for the entire reproductive season and is currently followed by around 6,000 enthusiasts worldwide.