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.
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.