Day of bioseguretat. Photo: File XPN

Biosecurity in Montseny

15/05/2019 02:34 h.

On Friday, May 10, there was a presentation alerting the emerging diseases that affect amphibians.

The Sala de la Unión Batllorienca (la Batllòria, Sant Celoni) hosted the participative visual census of the otter in the Tordera basin. During the day, Daniel Guinart, conservation technician of the Montseny Natural Park and Biosphere Reserve and technical coordinator of the Life Tritó Montseny project, and Daniel Fernández, from the Search Group of the Parets del Vallès Natura School (GRENP), presented the topic of biosecurity.

Guinart and Fernández presented the paper entitled "Biosecurity in the riverside habitat", which explained the problems of emerging diseases and their involvement in amphibian populations, especially the Montseny newt (Calotriton arnoldi).

This presentation dealt with the following topics: What is an emerging disease?; The main emerging diseases of amphibian populations; The possible vectors of these emerging diseases; What is biosecurity?; Good practices; Decalogue so that nature does not notice us!; What can we do to avoid transmitting diseases?

In total, fifty people attended, all of them participants in the otter monitoring program and who repeatedly visit the Tordera River.

The participatory participative visual census of the otter in the Tordera basin was organised by ICTA-UAB, the Tordera Observatory, Barcelona Zoo, the Besòs Tordera Consortium and Sant Celoni City Council.