Second day of hydrologists

17/05/2019 11:51 h.

On May 14, in Masia Mariona, took place the second meeting of the group of hydrologists of the project.


The objectives of this participative workshop were to identify future lines of research work to understand the hydrological dynamics of Montseny and achieve the following results: Consolidation of the hydrology group; Defining specific needs; Correctly interpreting scientific work, gaps in knowledge and aspects that do not have a scientific consensus; Identifying the future lines of work to be followed by the hydròlegs involved.

The meeting, which brought together twenty-seven experts in the world of hydrology, was structured into several blocks of work:

Block 1: Brief presentation round; Review of the main conclusions of the first meeting.

Block 2: Presentation of the current state of the Life Tritó Montseny project; Presentation of the questions prepared for the development of the workshop; Individual work or by search groups.

Block 3: Dynamics to indicate which lines of work can give answers to specific questions.

Block 4: Dynamics to identify the types of projects normally developed by the entities involved (national, international, others), with the aim of enriching the information prior to the third meeting; Round of debate on barriers and opportunities with respect to the types of projects that have been carried out or that are planned for the future.


The need to create a technical working group to study the hydrogeology of the Montseny Natural Park and Biosphere Reserve arose from the first meeting of the committee of experts of the Life Tritó Montseny project (8 November 2018). At that time, the objectives planned for work were to learn about the hydrogeological dynamics of the Montseny massif, to establish a hydrological monitoring programme and to ensure the sustainable use of water. In addition to defining a working group, it was necessary to plan the lines of work in order to be able to carry out the research projects and agree on a model that defines the hydrological dynamics of Montseny.

Annelies Broekman and Anabel Sánchez, from CREAF, gave the dynamism to both the first and the second hydrological day.



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.



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The newt comes to school

01/02/2019 01:38 h.

The Life Tritó Montseny project exhibition reaches schoolchildren, hand in hand with the park rangers.

Toni Álvarez, forest ranger of the Montseny Natural Park and Biosphere Reserve, brings the project's exhibition to primary school students. Toni visits the schools of the municipalities where the exhibition of the newt of Montseny is carried out.


On 14 January he visited the Aqua Alba school in Gualba to present the exhibition to fourth graders, who showed great interest in expanding their knowledge of the Montseny newt. Toni valued very positively the good knowledge that the students had of this amphibian and the habitat where it lives. After the theoretical presentation, all together visited the exhibition of the Montseny newt that was temporarily located in the Masia Can Figueres (Gualba).

On February 12, a second school visit took place. This time it was at the Vallmanya school, in Sant Esteve de Palautordera. Toni Álvarez explains the project to the pupils of two classes in the third year of primary school, who also showed great interest in learning more about the species and the habitat where it lives. 


Students at the newt exhibition. Photo: Vallmanya school


The third school visit took place on Friday 10 May to the fourth grade pupils of the Montseny school, in the town of Breda. This time, the presentation was made coinciding with the fact that the exhibition was located in the Centre Cultural Els Forns. Toni also appreciates this visit very positively.



With the title "My name is Calotriton and I only live in Montseny", this exhibition is made up of eight panels and a scale reproduction of the Montseny newt that will help us to get to know this species which is an endemism of the torrents of the Montseny Natural Park and Biosphere Reserve. 


The exhibition will visit, among other places, the eighteen municipalities of the Montseny Natural Park and Biosphere Reserve.


Location calendar:

- From 11 July to 15 August 2018: Rectoria del Brull.

- From 17 August to 16 September, 2018: Espai Montseny Viladrau.

- From 18 September to 1 November 2018: Can Casades (Fogars de Montclús).

- From 6 to 26 November 2018: Pompeu Fabra Library (Riells i Viabrea).

- From 30 November to 16 December 2018: Masia Can Figueres (Gualba).

- From 13 January to 18 February 2019: Edifici del Rellotge (Barcelona).

- From 19 February to 18 March 2019: Escola Vallmanya (Sant Esteve de Palautordera).

- From 19 March to 15 April 2019:  Centre d'Informació de La Mongia (Sant Pere de Vilamajor).

- From 16 April to 13 May 2019: Els Forns, Centre Cultural i d'Informació Turística (Breda).

- From 14 May to 17 June 2019: Museu Etnològic del Montseny. La Gabella (Arbúcies).



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We're in the bulletin!

18/04/2019 13:11 h.

The first issue of the digital bulletin is published, which, on a quarterly basis, will gather the news of the project.

This year 2019 we are launching Number 1, which is edited and sent out at the end of April.

It includes all the news of the Life Tritó Montseny project that took place during the months of January, February and March 2019.

One of the novelties highlighted in the bulletin is the Biodiversity Night 2019, which the Barcelona Zoo Foundation presented in the auditorium of the Ciutadella Campus of the UPF. In this act the emphasis was placed on the need for the conservation of biodiversity, the decline of species, especially invertebrates, the great unknown. As part of the celebration, the Life Tritó Montseny project and this endemic species from the Natural Park were presented.

The permanent exhibition 'Tú investigas!', inaugurated on Saturday 12 January at the Natural Science Museum of Granollers, is also on display. Aimed at a family audience, the exhibition is structured around the four research areas of the Natural Sciences Museum of Granollers: bats, lepidoptera, small mammals and herpetology (amphibians and reptiles).

Other novelties related to the dissemination of the project have been: the presentation of the exhibition at the Industrial School, the publication of new information leaflets and talks to schoolchildren in the municipalities of the Park.

Regarding the novelties of the project related to conservation actions and monitoring of the species, we highlight the transfer of newts from the Fauna Center of Torreferrussa to the center of Pont de Suert and Barcelona Zoo, and the second meeting of the committee of experts of the project.

In order to consult these and other news published in the new bulletin, you can visit the project's website, specifically the Evolution section.

The bulletin will be published in digital format and will be sent, quarterly, to all persons linked to or interested in the Life Tritó Montseny project.


If you are interested in receiving it, you can register here. You can choose the language in which you want to receive it: Catalan, Spanish or English.

We continue working to disseminate the project and hope to reach as many people as possible.



Amphibian Conservation Research Symposium (ACRS)

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.