1st reintroduction workshop

19/03/2018 12:54 h.

The past 16 of March, celebrated a day-workshop with the aim to define the reintroducció of the triton of the Montseny to his natural habitat.

Within the framework of the Life Tritó Montseny project and with the collaboration of the Forest Technology Centre of Catalonia, this workshop was held to define the strategies for reintroducing the species into its natural habitat.

The day began with a brief presentation, defining what has been done so far and what we want to achieve. Then, the 23 attendees were grouped into three working groups to work on different aspects: management, ecology and knowledge of the amphibian itself.

At the end of the day a debate was opened to establish the objectives and priority criteria for extending the distribution area of the Montseny newt.

Some of the issues discussed during the working session were as follows:

  • What population strategy is proposed to identify new introductory locations? Places close to existing populations or maximization of distribution within the potential habitat of the species?
  • What characteristics would these localities have? What pressures and threats must be considered and prevented in the identified localities? What requirements would they have to meet in order to be considered as priority localities?
  • What are the characteristics of the new populations? What is the minimum number of individuals that would have to be introduced in each new locality? What is the minimum area of intervention to maintain a viable population?

All these actions were the subject of debate. We hope that throughout the execution of the Life Tritó Montseny project they can be resolved in order to improve the conservation status of this endemic amphibian of Montseny.