In these days we were hosted by Xarxa de Parcs Naturals to visit the interventions carried out by LIFE Tritó Montseny and present our project.
It was a wonderful and extremely useful experience, which allowed us to share and learn about active conservation techniques towards extremely threatened amphibian species in Europe.
The LIFE GoProFor analysis of LIFE projects and the good practices (GPs) extraction and description started on January 2019. To date, 100 good practises are already inserted in the database: 79 of them are derived from Italian LIFE projects, while 21 from projects developed in other European countries (15 GPs from French projects, 4 from Greece, 1 from Spain and 1 from Slovenia).
At the moment there are 3 good practices deriving from our LIFE Wetflyamphibia which are part of this important LIFE project that aims to "distil" the good forest management practices from LIFE projects selected at European level:
- Ex-situ reproduction protocol of the Apennine yellow-bellied toad (Bombina pachypus) and restocking of the species in suitable sites
- Egg translocation techniques for restocking of northern spectacled salamander (Salamandrina perspicillata)
- Techniques for creating wetlands for forest amphibians: Bombina pachypus and Triturus carnifex
Today we presented our project at te XX European Congress of Herpetology in Milan to Societas Europaea Herpetologica experts coming from all over Europe.
It was a privilege and a real pleasure to be able to compare and share experiences talking about the actions we are carrying out in the Foreste Casentinesi, Monte Falterona and Campigna National Park.
The two LIFE projects TritoMontseny an Auenamphibien came to visit us on 29, 30 and 31 of August.
A wonderful experience of growth and sharing of experiences between projects aimed at the conservation of amphibians throughout Europe.
The LIFE TritoMontseny project takes place in Catalonia in the Parc Natural del Montseny and deals with a new rare species: the Montseny newt, an endemic species with very few known presence stations.
The LIFE Auenamphibien project deals with the conservation of different species of amhibiansin danger in central-northern Europe lowlands.
Visiting the interventions in the Foreste Casentinesi, Monte Falterona and Campigna Nationala Park , together with the representatives of these two projects, we were able to observe with great joy the presence of individuals of Apennine yellow-bellied toad reintroduced by the project, a clear sign of the effectiveness of the actions we are carrying forward!
The monitoring visit 2019 to our project was held on Thursday 27 and Friday 28 June.
An important moment of evaluation and camparison that this year also involved an EASME member in addition to the monitor of the NEEMO - THIMESIS team.
Read the story of "Clara in search of the lost plant". Our educational notebook, distributed in the schools that participated in our educational project, can be downloaded in pdf format, along with many other products of the project, directly to this link.
On June 4th and 6th (in Valbonella and Metaleto respectively) the final event of the educational project of LIFE WETFLYAMPHIBIA was held. More than 200 stidents of kindergarten, primary and middle school attended the event called "A Park for you", organized by the Foreste Casentinesi National Park in collaboration withCarabinieri Forestali and the LIFE ESC360 project. Lastly, the children witnessed the release of 106 metamorphosed yellowbelly toad in the troughs specially built for them.
The V classes of Castel Focognano primary school visited the Stradelli intervention site in the Foreste Casentinesi National Park accompanied by DREAm Italia and OROS. The surprise was great when the first tenants were spotted in the new fountain, built last year by the workers of the Union of Municipalities of the Casentino, toad eggs and tadpoles, tadpoles and mountain frog eggs, dragonfly larva a crested newt! Our LIFE Project is giving its contribution to conservation in the Natura 2000 network sites.
Activities with schools continue. Today we were outdoors to see the interventions carried out in the Foreste Casentinesi National Park together with the primary and middle schools of Premilcuore. A big thank you to the operators of DREAm Italia and OROS Environmental Cooperative and to the LIFE program that allows us to actively do something for the conservation of damp environments and their inhabitants.
The class meetings of the LIFE Wetflyamphibia educational project continue. Tuesday 2 April DREAm Italia and OROS Environmental Cooperative met the students of the the primary school of Castel Focognano (Arezzo). It is very pleasing to see the interest of children in the issues concerning nature and the environment and the curiosity they manifest in hearing about the Natura 2000 Network and LIFE projects.
First day at school of LIFE Wetflyamphibia educational project. This morning DREAm Italia and OROS Enviromental Company met the students of the V classes of the primary school of Pratovecchio Stia (AR). With the children we talked about the Natura 2000 Network, LIFE Programme, Yellowbelly toads, newts, salamanders and moths and the importance of preserving wetlands in the Foreste Casentinesi National Park, for the protection of these species.
The next meeting will be in the field, we will accompany the classes to visit some of the areas of intervention of our project.
Collaborate with WETFLYAMPHIBIA project LIFE and sign up for the first volunteer round of 2019 dedicated to amphibians (22-24 Febrary). Th volunteers, after an initial training with the expert, will work on the expansion and protection of the habitat of the target species.
For more information on how to register, visit the National Park website at this link.