Evolution of the project Life Tritó Montseny
22/04/2021 11:00 h.
It gathers the news of the project published in January, February and March
The 9th Life Tritó Montseny digital bulletin has been published, which brings together the news and novelties of the project published during the months of January, February and March. The newsletter, which is published quarterly, is available in Catalan, Spanish and English. To receive it, you must subscribe.
The 9th newsletter of Life Tritó Montseny includes news about the extension of the project for two years in order to obtain more results and finish the objectives set for the total of the forty-nine planned actions; the 13th meeting of the communication commission, which continues working on the dissemination of the actions and objectives of the project, and the photographic exhibition with the images that the nature photographer Iñaki Relanzón has been able to capture over the last few years.
All this news can be consulted in the "Evolution" section of the website and in the history of the newsletters.
The Life Tritó Montseny newsletter is published in digital format and is sent quarterly to all the people linked to or interested in the project. If you want to receive it, please subscribe here. When subscribing, you can choose the language (Catalan, Spanish or English).
26/04/2021 10:00 h.
Conference as part of the seminar 'Small and powerful: microorganisms and epidemics'
The Pompeu Fabra Library in Mataró hosted a conference by researchers Albert Montori and Daniel Fernández on silent pandemics and their deadly effect on amphibians. Aware of the enormous risk posed to these animals by the entry of pathogens, in 2020 Montori and Fernández drew up the Manual of good biosecurity practices within the framework of Life Tritó Montseny.
According to 2020 data from the International Union for Conservation of Nature, 41% of known amphibian species worldwide are threatened. One of the main factors behind this situation is infectious diseases caused by fungi, viruses and other pathogens, which can lead to mass die-offs of individuals.
On Thursday 22 April, coinciding with Earth Day, researchers Albert Montori and Daniel Fernández gave a talk at the Pompeu Fabra Library in Mataró on the key issue of emerging amphibian diseases as part of the seminar "Small and powerful: microorganisms and epidemics", which was attended by around thirty people.
Montori specialises in the study of amphibian population ecology and Fernández works on nature conservation projects. Both are part of the Centre for Research and Environmental Education of Calafell (CREAC) and the Research Group of the Escola de Natura de Parets del Vallès (GRENP). The conference was organised by the Directorate of Culture of Mataró City Council and the ICHN Delegation of the Serralada Litoral Central.
Manual of good biosecurity practices'
The entry of pathogens that cause these deadly diseases is, unfortunately, also a serious threat to the wild populations of the Montseny newt (Calotriton arnoldi), this unique amphibian in the world, catalogued as endangered.
Aware of this fact, in 2020, the Life Tritó Montseny project developed the Manual of good biosecurity practices. Albert Montori and Daniel Fernández prepared the technical content of this publication, which was coordinated by the Montseny Natural Park and Biosphere Reserve. The aim was to disseminate the problems of these ailments and raise awareness among the population so that they can carry out environmental education activities without introducing pathogens into the environment.
Parallel to the Manual, there is the protocol "Biosafety: health protocols for activities involving direct or indirect interaction with amphibian populations in the natural environment", basically aimed at contractors of works and scientific bodies that carry out activities in aquatic environments.
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