Deserta Grande Island
The island is part of the Desertas Islands nature reserve, with a warden's base midway along the western coast.
South of the base, no approach to the island closer than 100 m is permitted in order to protect the critically endangered Mediterranean monk seal breeding population. Access is permitted to the north of the nature base, but some activities such as line and spear fishing are banned.
The large, critically endangered wolf spider Hogna ingens is endemic to Deserta Grande.
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