Gerardo García

ACRS 2019

29/04/2019 12:49 h.

Life Tritó Montseny project presented at the Amphibian Conservation Research Symposium

The Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU) in collaboration with Chester Zoo organized the Amphibian Conservation Research Symposium (ACRS), which this year was held in the city of Manchester.


For two days, an extensive programme of presentations was presented, with the participation of researchers and specialists from the world of amphibians. A total of 80 people from around the world attended and 25 oral presentations and more than 20 posters were presented.

On Sunday 28 April, Félix Amat (Museum of Natural Sciences of Granollers) , presented the paper on "Living on a geographical border and on the border of extinction. Monitoring the newt of the Montseny stream (Calotriton arnoldi)".


Fèlix Amat giving the lecture on the project. Photo: G. Garcia


Within the framework of this congress, the technicians and collaborators of the Life Tritó Montseny project presented a poster to disseminate the actions we are carrying out.

Poster presented to the congress. Photo: File XPN


The ACRS is the only international symposium specifically dedicated to sharing research and strategies to enhance the future of amphibian conservation. ACRS helps bring together amphibian conservationists and researchers from around the world to gain experience, learn new ideas and establish contacts, helping to build a future for global amphibian conservation efforts.

Since it was originally held at the University of Manchester in 2012, ACRS has subsequently been hosted by the London Museum of Natural History (2013), the Zoological Society of London (2014), the University of Cambridge (2015), the University of Northwest South Africa (2016) and the University of Kent (2017).

ACRS brings together amphibian conservation researchers from all fields and backgrounds, including academics, veterinarians, field biologists and members of the zoos community. The two-day congresses provide a platform for a broad presentation of talks that achieve evidence-based approaches and management strategies that promote amphibian conservation.

Topics covered include disease, ecotoxicology, genetics, ex situ breeding, captive breeding, reintroduction programmes, study techniques, habitat utilisation, in situ programmes, amphibian trade and urban ecology.


The class of the newt

05/06/2019 09:59 h.

Students from La Muntanya school in Aiguafreda visit the Natura School in Parets del Vallès

On 4 June, 15 first-primary pupils from La Muntanya school in Aiguafreda visited the Natura School in Parets del Vallès. Daniel Fernández, specialist technician of GRENP (Grup de Recerca de l'Escola de Natura de Parets del Vallès) accompanied the children during the morning in this guided visit. To begin with, a talk was given to explain how the newts of Montseny are and how they live and what their natural habitat is. Afterwards, Daniel Fernández invited the children to get to know the equipment of the Escola de Natura de Parets del Vallès.

At all times, visitors showed interest in the Montseny newt and the Natural Park where it lives.


Reading the tale of the Montseny newt. Photo: Parets del Vallès Nature School

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Environmental Education

15/07/2019 02:04 h.

XI Encounter of Equipment for Environmental Education and Public Use of the Network of Natural Parks

On Thursday 4 July, several representatives of environmental equipment of the Network of Natural Parks, companies linked to environmental education, technicians from the Diputación de Barcelona and representatives of the educational world, among others, met to reflect on the methodology of Learning service and community service in the framework of the XI Meeting of Equipment for Environmental Education and Public Use of the Network of Natural Parks of the Diputación Barcelona, which took place at the Escola de Natura Angeleta Ferrer (Masía Can Miravitges) in Badalona.

As a conclusion to this meeting, a space was reserved dedicated to "Emerging diseases in amphibians: guidelines and biosafety guidelines for educational activities in the aquatic environment of Montseny". Gemma Pascual, a technician from the Girona Provincial Council, highlighted the problem of amphibian populations and presented the development of a manual of good practices with preventive measures to carry out discovery activities and alternatives to the manipulation of fauna by schoolchildren and teachers. The elaboration of this manual is the result of the work carried out by specialists in biosafety issues together with the environmental educators of the Montseny area.


The participative dynamics of the XI Meeting of Environmental Education and Public Use Equipments allowed attendees to discuss the needs, requirements and opportunities posed by community service for the different agents involved: nature equipments, education sector and public administration. It was attended by 30 people and was dynamized by the company Indic. It closed with a compilation of reflections, contributions and proposals worked during the day with the need and willingness to continue working folded from different areas to offer significant service learning experiences in the natural spaces of the Network.

For more information, you can consult the website Environmental Education in the Network of Natural Parks.




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Handbook of Good Practices

15/07/2019 13:37 h.

The second round table on emerging diseases took place on 2 July at Masía Mariona

Masía Mariona, Technical Office of the Montseny Natural Park and Biosphere Reserve, hosted the second round table to define the new manual of good practices in amphibians.

As a result of the first round table on emerging diseases held in April, this second meeting was organised in order to continue working with experts on the subject. It was attended by 20 people, including amphibian technicians, as well as those responsible for the environmental activities carried out in the Montseny area.

In this debate table, the participants defined the content of the manual of good practices that was presented to them in April. During the day the technical content of this document was agreed among the various members of the environmental education companies working in the territory. Some changes were proposed and collected by the managers of the Park with the aim of incorporating them into the new manual.
When the manual of good practices is finished, it will be sent to the schools so that they can incorporate it in their didactic materials. It will also be sent to the Departament d'Ensenyament of the Generalitat de Catalunya and will subsequently be disseminated through other channels.

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Biosecurity in Montseny

15/05/2019 02:34 h.

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

ICTA-UAB, the Tordera Observatory, the Barcelona Zoo, the Besòs Tordera Consortium and the Sant Celoni City Council organised a day of participatory visual census of the otter in the Tordera and Besòs basins.

On 10 May, the Batllorienca Union Hall (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, presented the theme of biosecurity. Guinart 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.

Following the same format, on 24 May, the Besòs Tordera Consortium (Granollers) hosted the participative visual census of the llúdriga in the Besòs basin. During the day, Daniel Fernández, from the Research Group of the Natura School of Parets del Vallès, presented the theme of biosafety and the problem of emerging diseases.


Daniel Fernández exposant on the theme of Biosafety. Photo: arxiu XPN