EUROPEAN PROJECT OF AMPHIBIAN AND AQUATIC REPTILES' HABITAT RECOVERING IN LOW TER WETLANDS

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At the moment the second Life project is underway. It will be developed between 2005 and 2008 and has a budget of 1.398.300€.

Objective:

* habitat recuperation for the European pond turtle and other amphibians, i.e. temporary or perennial freshwater wetlands, and, in consequence, recuperation of population numbers.


Main actions to be carried out:

• recovery of natural enclosures and temporary flooded lands in order to increase the total population density of existing amphibians. These lands can act as reservoirs, reducing the risk of floods in agricultural and urban lands.

• restoration of Basses d’en Coll and surrounding areas, at the moment occupied by rice fields. The main objective is to improve the ecological conditions and establish a transition zone, formed by humid areas in which reeds predominate, between the ponds and the rice fields.

• recuperation of bank forests and related ponds, and reintroduction of pond turtles. In these environments, until the 1980s, pond turtles could easily be found but they disappeared due to habitat degradation. The project vows for the restoration of these areas and the creation of new ponds. Once the habitat has been restored turtles will be reintroduced. For the last years, the Centre de Reproducció de Tortugues (Turtle Breeding Centre) in l’Albera, has successfully bred pond turtles in captivity. The centre has turtles captured in the Ter area so reintroduction will be with descendants of native turtles.

• capture of turtles form other continents, mainly the Florida Turtle (Trachemys scripta elegans). These turtles bought in shops and abandoned when their owners, compete with indigenous turtles and end up displacing them. The project includes the recapture of these turtles and workshops to make people aware of the problem and stop indiscriminate release of these specimens.

• organization of accesses and usage of the area to stop ecosystem degradation.

The project is an initiative of the councils of Torroella de Montgrí and Pals. A part from the EU also take part in the project the Department for the Environment of the Government of Catalonia, Foundation Territory and Landscape, Diputació de Girona, Consortium of the Costa Brava, Local Council of the Baix Empordà and the University of Girona. Land owners also take part by handing over poor agricultural lands with a high ecological value.





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