Ted knows that there are various rare species of animals and plants to be found on the island. Yet he realizes that his knowledge alone is not enough to convince the Greek government to protect it. “We have to prove scientifically that this is a special area,” Ted continues. “That’s why we do a lot of field work.”
The next day, we participate in field research with Ana and Thomas, volunteers at Terra Sylvestris. They try to prove the existence of rare birds and take us to the forest. After a hike deep into the thicket, we arrive at a clearing where Ana prepares the equipment to records bird sounds. “Every bird sings its own song. With the help of a computer program we can show exactly which birds there were,” she whispers. For half an hour we sit in absolute silence next to the recorder. With every bird we hear, we ask ourselves: is this a rare one, or a just an ordinary finch?
The next day during coffee on the boat, Ted explains that their research is not only focused on birds. “We try to show with aerial photographs where Posidonia is growing.” Another type of research focuses on endangered marine fauna. “It would really boost our efforts to get protected status if we could prove the existence of rare marine species here.” At that very moment, Ted has an idea. “You plan to sail tomorrow, right? Can you help us to monitor the beach of an uninhabited island nearby?” “Of course!” we reply, pleased that we can make a small contribution.