The interventions carried out for the C1 action of LIFE Wetflyamphibia are continuing. It was concluded by the Carabinieri Forestali the restoration of the pond at the Arboretum of Badia Prataglia in the Foreste Casentinesi National Park, which provided for the restoration of the depth of the pond and the replacement of the palisade. Next spring we will proceed with the plantings of botanical species.
Autumn and Winter are the best seasons to carry out the interventions without interfering with the amphibians reproductive season. The Casentino Union of Municipatility works are building a new pond near Fonte Cantoniera (or Fonte Fosso Acquai) in the Foreste Casentinesi National Park. At the end of works a vegetazional restoration will be carried out, so that the next spring the pond will be ready for the new guests.
Work continues on the construction of new reproductive sites for amphibians inside the Casentino Forests National Park. These fountains are being built in Metaleto-Camaldoli and the works are carried out by the Biodiversity Department of Carabinieri Forestali's section of Pratovecchio.
LIFE WetFlyAmphibia is still talking about itself. An interesting article by Il Resto Del Carlino of Forlì that focuses on the article on the socio-economic effects of the project on the job opportunities linked to it.
Surveys are being carried out in the intervention areas in the Foreste Casentinesi National Park with the designer who will take care of the construction of the educational brochure for schools.
LIFE WetFlyAmphibia is in fact organizing an educational project for primary schools in the Municipalities of the Park, to make known to children and families their activities and raise awareness on the theme of nature and biodiversity conservation with particular reference to wetlands and species of animals and plants that inhabit them.
In recent days, as part of action C3 "Production of vegetative material for the vegetation restoration of habitat 6430", the University of Pavia technicians have taken from some plants of Potamogeton (bottling of the mill of Culmolle) and Myriophyllum ( in the pond of the botanical garden of Valbonella) to transfer them to some of the tanks restored on the Romagna side of the Park.
In these days the workers of the Union of Casentino Mountain Municipalities are undergoing restoration of the tanks located above the Casanova Refuge in the Casentino Forests National Park. The two tanks were originally built for water supply to the nursery designed for the reforestation of the area. Given the breadth and capacity (around 10 meters wide, 6 meters long and 1 meter deep), the two tanks can also be used as fire-fighting stores. They are an ideal breeding site environments for the Triton.
In recent months, at the nursery set up in Corniolo (FC), the tadpoles of Yellowbelly toad have been raised. The tadpoles born were intended for the repopulation of some areas restored on the Tuscan side.
Look at the video of the first restocking!
On June 28 and 29, LIFE Wetflyamphibia hosted the monitoring visit of the European Commission. On the first day, the partnership illustrated the activities carried out and the progress of the project. The second day was dedicated to the visit of some areas in the Foreste Casentinesi National Park where the reproductive sites of the Yellowbelly toad were built or restored: Stradelli, Rifugio il Lago, Vitareta, La Chiusa, Corniolo (at the breeding center), Pian d'Astura. The tour was also rich in close encounters .....
As part of the Life WetFlyAmphibia project, some barriers have been built to traverse the amphibians along the access road to the Romagna Acque outlet on the Rio Bacine, a tributary of the Bidente di Ridracoli.The intervention was necessary to avoid the investments to the detriment of Salamandrina perspicillata, which can sometimes occur during the spring period, when the species usually moves to the stream downstream of the road to return to the breeding sites. Thanks to the barriers, the salamanders are obliged to cross the road (passandro under it) using wells for the collection of already existing water.The interventions were made thanks to a precious collaboration of Romagna Acque - Società delle Fonti, which became available to carry out the interventions and was sensitive to the conservation of this important protected species.
In these days in Corniolo, at the headquarters of the Foreste Casentinesi National Park, the nursery for the Yellowbelly toad is being set up. During this spring will be in fact collected eggs and tadpoles in the Romagna areas, where the species has a good state of conservation; they will then be placed in aquaria, under controlled conditions, until the metamorphosis is finalized. At this point we will proceed with the restocking in the Tuscan sites where the site restoration works were carried out last year.
On Friday 4 May 2018, a meeting between the LIFE WetFlyAmphibia project and the Tuscan Region took place in Pratovecchio (AR), at the headquarters of the National Park.
In addition to the presentation of the project and the planned actions, a sharing of intent was defined for the conservation of amphibians (and in particular of the target species of the project) at the regional level.