Cajamediterráneo Ahemur and highlight the importance of the small Mediterranean temporary wetlands

Mediterranean temporary wetlands are listed as priority habitats for conservation in the EU for its high biodiversity and its serious conservation problems.

His presence at random in the territory, allowing the presence of fauna and flora are very interesting.

Overall benefit to wildlife because they act as watering points in areas that are characterized by the absence of surface water and highlight its importance as a breeding site for amphibians, which are considered the most threatened group of vertebrates at global.

The project RESTORATION AND RECOVERY OF SMALL WETLANDS IN THE LICS SPAs and Sierra de la Almenara, mulberry, COPE AND HEAD OUT OF LA JARA, AHEMUR initiative (Murcia Herpetological Association), with funding from CAJAMEDITERRÁNEO (CAM) within environmental volunteer program in its call VOLCAM 2011.

Intended to highlight the importance of these ecosystems and the implementation specific experiences of conservation and restoration.

The Sierra de la Almenara, mulberry, Cabo Cope and the head of the Jara has been designated as SPAs (Special Protection Area for birds) and SCI (Site of Community Importance) based on their outstanding environmental values ​​and the presence of endangered species of flora and fauna.

Located in the southwestern region of Murcia, rainfall records are among the lowest in the peninsula (less than 300mm per year) and the availability of surface water is very limited.

The few points of natural or semi existing water conservation issues presented by the abandonment of traditional agricultural and livestock and the consequent silting and opportunistic invasion by terrestrial vegetation.

Maintenance is critical to the survival of 5 species of amphibians present in these areas, natterjack toad (Bufo calamita), common toad (Bufo bufo), common frog (Pelophylax perezi), toad spadefoot (Pelobates cultripes) and common spotted toad (Pelodytes punctatus).

Precisely here lies the southeast edge of the peninsular distribution for these species and populations present in them are very interesting, because they have adapted to unfavorable environmental conditions for amphibians (dryness and low humidity).

AHEMUR volunteers carry out work of cataloging the wetlands located and have taken action for the conservation and restoration.

They also discuss their populations of amphibians, the importance as bioindicators of the health of the environment.

Also want to encourage the participation of the local population, for conducting outreach activities and have been in contact with neighboring landowners and the environment.

From AHEMUR be greatly appreciates the involvement of the social work of the CAM in this pioneering conservation.

Source: AHEMUR

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