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.
On April 4th and 6th the first plantations for the reconstitution of wet areas for the Yellowbelly toad in the Foreste Casentinesi National Park were realized. The sites involved were Stradelli, Gaviserri, Rifugio Il Lago and Vitareta, where the interventions for the construction of pools and springs had already been completed. These sites will in fact be the main wetlands of the Tuscan side of the Park where the Ululone will be reported. The activities were attended by the Foreste Casentinesi National Park, the University of Pavia, the Union of mountain municipalities in Casentino and the DREAm Italia - Area Fauna.
Tuesday, March 13th, two meetings were held with the stakeholders of the LIFE WETFLYAMPHIBIA.
In Santa Sofia there was an update day dedicated to hiking guides, operators of the Park's information points, members of the European Charter for Sustainable Tourism and other operators.
In Pratovecchio there was a meeting with the breeders during the event "From the protection of livestock to the quality of the agricultural product: the Tuscan excellences".
Tuesday, March 13 will be held at 14.30 at the headquarters of the Park in Pratovecchio (AR) an event aimed at breeders entitled "From the protection of livestock to the quality of agricultural products: the Tuscan excellences". The meeting focuses on the role of the breeder as a garrison of the territory, which means treating animal welfare and enhancing the environment where the farmer is located. On this occasion the WetFlyAmphibia LIFE Project will be presented to raise awareness among farmers on the importance of pastures and livestock farming activities in the conservation of the ApennineYellowbelly toad.
The activity is part of the dissemination "E6 action - Awareness project".
Consult the program of the event here.
Tuesday, March 13 will be held in Santa Sofia (FC) a day of updating aimed at hiking guides, operators of information structures of the Park, members of the European Charter for Sustainable Tourism and other operators. Among the topics discussed there will also be an update on the activities carried out by the WetFlyAmphibia LIFE Project.
The activity falls within the scope of the dissemination action "E6 - Awareness project" of LIFE.
Consult the program of the day here.
The first round in the year 2018 of the Foreste Casentinesi National Park's wildlife volunteer activities, completely dedicated to amphibians, was held this weekend. We thank the volunteers who contributed to the restoration of some yellowbelly toad reproductive sites in the area of San Benedetto.