Our radar monitoring activity at the Strait of Messina started in 2014 and is still going on. There we monitored the effect of a new 380 kV powerline built by Terna Rete Italia Spa across the two sides of the Strait. However, we are still working there with radars to monitor bird migration and to test new software and equipment as well as for training students and field technicians.
The Strait of Messina is the most important bottle-neck along the Mid-Mediterranean Flyway with thousands of raptors observed both in spring and autumn. Also the nocturnal migration is impressive with thousands of birds passing every single night of migration. Our field station is active on the continental side both in spring (15th March-25th of May) and autumn (11th August – 10 October) and if you would like to visit us just send us an email. The radar monitoring at the Strait of Messina is part of Strait of Messina Bird Observatory.