Evolution of the project Life Tritó Montseny
11/01/2021 15:00 h.
It gathers the project news from October, November and December
In the 8th informative bulletin of the project Life Trito Montseny project you will find the news about the edition of a manual of good practices in the matter of biosecurity for the discovery of the amphibians destined to the entities of environmental education, the schools of nature and the educational centres; the participation of the project in the III Conference for the conservation of amphibians. Monitoring of threatened populations held on 16 and 17 October at the Aranzadi headquarters (Alto de Zorroaga) of the Aranzadi Science Society of the Basque Country, or the family workshop on the Montseny newt organised on Sunday 4 October in the Montseny town square.
These and the rest of the novelties are brought together on the project's website (in the "Evolution" section) and in the history of the bulletins.
The Life Tritó Montseny newsletter is published in digital format and is sent, every quarter, to all the people linked or interested in the project. If you would like to receive it, subscribe at this link and choose your language (Catalan, Spanish or English).
01/02/2021 12:40 h.
The photographic exhibition of the Montseny newt and its habitat is published
The nature photographer Iñaki Relanzón has been able to capture many spectacular images of the Montseny newt (Calotriton arnoldi) in recent years. Among other aspects, the snapshots show the Montseny newt in the water, its natural environment, the work to recover its habitat, the biosecurity measures, the studies carried out by scientists and workers of the Montseny Natural Park and Biosphere Reserve and its reproduction in captivity.
The images have been mounted on 70 cm x 50 cm panels so that they can easily be moved around in various places. Each photograph is accompanied by a brief explanatory text in three languages (Catalan, Spanish and English). The design of the photographic exhibition has been carried out by the Management of Services of Natural Spaces and the printing has been done in the Diputació de Barcelona.
Three copies of the exhibition have been prepared: one of them will be installed at Masía Mariona (Office of the Montseny Natural Park and Biosphere Reserve), another at the Pont de Suert Fauna Centre and the third will accompany the travelling exhibition of the Life Tritó Montseny project which is called "My name is Calotriton and I only live in the Montseny!
With the aim of spreading the photographic exhibition among as many people as possible, a digital edition in video format has also been prepared, which can already be seen on the project's Youtube channel.
Ceiling presentation of the photographic exhibition of Iñaki Relanzón.
The project is extended
08/02/2021 18:27 h.
The project is granted a two-year extension in order to achieve the planned objectives
Life Tritó Montseny began at the end of 2016 and was due to end on 31 December 2020. The Barcelona Provincial Council -the administration that leads it- together with the rest of the partners and with the consent of the European Union has assessed the need to extend it until 31 December 2022.
To date, many actions have been carried out with the aim of improving the habitat of the Montseny newt and ensuring its conservation: creation of overpasses to guarantee the natural continuity of the streams, improvement of the quality of the streams and their flow, and elimination of non-native species to promote a riverside forest, among others.
Despite the work carried out during the four years since the start of Life Tritó Montseny, it was considered necessary to have more time to obtain more results and complete the objectives set for the total of the 49 planned actions.
The complexity of the execution of works, the monitoring agreements and the administrative management have required more time than planned and, therefore, two more years of the project will provide an ideal margin to be able to finish it with guarantees. The maintenance of the newt's habitat will continue to be a key focus of work for the Montseny Natural Park and Biosphere Reserve once the two-year extension period is over.
The last monitoring visit of the project by a delegation from the European Union took place on 18 and 19 September 2019. This visit was carried out by Simona Bacchereti, advisor of the Executive Agency for Small and Medium Enterprises (EASME) and Audrey Thenard, monitor of the external team (NEEMO). Both were able to learn about the development of the different actions carried out, as well as to discuss with the project coordinators the plans to be developed until the end of the project.
As a result of the assessment of the representatives of EASME and NEEMO, the coordinators of Life Tritó Montseny considered it appropriate to request an extension of the project. In order to request it, a request report was presented in which the specific actions of the project that had not been completed were described and justified. Of the total of 49 actions, 25 were requested to be extended, 9 of them due to a delay in their implementation and the other 16 as a consequence of the close link with the previous 9 actions.
The aim of this extension is to achieve the milestones established prior to the granting of the project and, at the same time, to consolidate the application of good conservation practices in the Montseny Natura network area. The studies and actions carried out within the framework of this project, which has European funding, show that the Montseny newt (Calotriton arnoldi) remains in critical danger of extinction, despite the fact that its population remains stable, especially due to the effect of the area's hydrology and climate change.
The response of the European Union has been favourable to the extension request and, therefore, the new end date of the Life Tritó Montseny project is 31 December 2022.
Once this extension period is over and within the scope of the After LIFE, the Diputació de Barcelona is committed to continue with the actions promoted by Life Tritó Montseny for the benefit of the conservation of this endemic amphibian and its riverside habitat, especially in the public estate where it has more capacity for protection and intervention.
Montseny newt. Photo: Iñaki Relanzón
13th communication meeting
29/01/2021 14:30 h.
The communication commission continues to work on the dissemination of the project
The thirteenth meeting of the Life Tritó Montseny communication commission was held on Thursday 28 January. Due to the current health crisis, the meeting was held online. It was attended by ten representatives of the project partners, who reviewed the issues related to the communication of Life Tritó Montseny. Among others, they discussed the extension of the project, the new photographic exhibition, the monitoring data of the website, the 2020 press dossier and the itinerancy of the exhibition.
During the first four years of the project (2017-2020), the communication actions achieved their intended objectives. However, and given that the project will have a two-year extension, some of the communication actions will continue to operate as a result of the close link with others that are being extended because they have not yet been completed. For this reason, the communication committee will continue to meet, as before, every three months.
The committee was created at the beginning of the project with the aim of managing and monitoring communication and dissemination actions. It is made up of a communications representative from each of the partners (Barcelona Provincial Council, Girona Provincial Council, the Government of Catalonia through the Department of Territory and Sustainability and Catalan Forestry, and Barcelona Zoo) and meets quarterly to discuss and agree on content and proposals for dissemination of the project.
The creation of the committee has made it possible to approve the corporate image of Life Tritó Montseny; to maintain a constant exchange of information between the project partners; to help define a communication strategy agreed upon by the communication referents of the entities that form part of Life Tritó Montseny; to agree on the content of the communication materials: leaflet, information panels, children's book, exhibition, etc.; to establish a common reference criterion in the dissemination of the project; to establish a common reference criterion in the dissemination of the project's contents; and to establish a common reference criterion in the dissemination of the project's contents; establish a common reference criterion in the news published in the press, web content, social networks and informative material; compile and prepare the press dossier, with more than 120 news items that have appeared in the media (press, radio, television and internet) since the start of the project, and share the papers presented at the dissemination conferences and the scientific and dissemination articles published.
05/10/2020 15:00 h.
On 4 October, the village of Montseny hosted a family workshop on the Montseny newt
The workshop was held on Sunday 4 October in the village square of Montseny. The proposal was part of the European Day of Parks and Nature Week 2020 and allowed participants to learn about the morphological characteristics of the Montseny newt. During the activity it was explained to the attendees that amphibians cannot be touched directly with their hands because of serious diseases that are affecting many populations of this faunistic group.
When making the newts, the children first weighed the dry plaster, added just the right amount of water and, once the mixture was made, put it into a silicone mold. When the newt was dried and removed from the mold, each child decided how he wanted to paint it and all returned home with their decorated Montseny newt.
Making of the Montseny newts with plaster. Photo: Ademc.
The workshop was carried out by the educators of Ademc, who highlighted the good reception and the lively participation of the families. In total, twenty-eight people participated in the activity.
Due to the exceptionality of the moment caused by the validity of the COVID-19, the development of the workshop was adjusted to the fulfillment of the Protocol of measures in the acts organized by the Network of Natural Parks.