Evolution of the project Life Tritó Montseny
18/01/2022 07:57 h.
It brings together news from October, November and December 2021
The most outstanding topic of the last quarterly newsletter of the Life Tritó Montseny project is the celebration, on 24th and 25th November at the Espaci Montseny in Viladrau, of the X Trobada d'Estudiosos del Montseny. Thus, during the morning of the first day there was an exclusive debate on the Montseny newt.
Another relevant news item is the meeting between forest owners and representatives of the various institutions involved in the management of the territory and habitat of the Montseny newt to discuss the conservation of this amphibian on 18 November.
The 12th bulletin also includes news about the arrival of the travelling exhibition "My name is Calotriton and I only live in Montseny!" in November in Sant Feliu de Buixalleu, the only municipality in the Montseny Natural Park and Biosphere Reserve where, due to COVID-19, it had not yet been possible to exhibit it. This brings to a close the exhibition's itinerancy through all the municipalities in the Montseny Biosphere Reserve.
It also highlights the itinerancy until spring 2022 of the same exhibition, on this occasion, through the libraries of the Maresme region, as part of the activities of the joint programme between the Natural Parks Network and the Municipal Libraries Network "Parks and libraries... naturally!
Another of the topics of the 12th newsletter is the 8th technical workshop on the reintroduction and release plan of the Life Tritó Montseny, held with the aim of deciding, by consensus, the strategy to carry out the reintroduction of new populations of the Montseny newt in its natural habitat. The meeting was held in person in the Aviari room of the Barcelona Zoo on 21 October and was attended by twenty-two people from various institutions involved in the Life Tritó Montseny project (GRENP, Centre Tecnològic Forestal de Catalunya, Forestal Catalana, CSIC, Universitat de Barcelona, Chester Zoo, Barcelona Zoo, Generalitat de Catalunya and Diputació de Barcelona).
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8th reintroduction workshop
25/10/2021 16:31 h.
The reintroduction of the species and its recovery plan are being worked on
Within the framework of action C.15 "Identification of potential areas for the reintroduction of the Montseny newt", the eighth technical workshop for the reintroduction and release plan of Life Tritó Montseny was held on Thursday 21 October with the aim of deciding, by consensus, the strategy to carry out the reintroduction of new populations of the Montseny newt in its natural habitat.
Several topics were discussed at the meeting: Assessment of the results of the monitoring of the introduced populations; Assessment of the production of newts and forecast for the current year; Future releases; Assessment of the previous surveys carried out; Ex situ genetic situation.
The meeting was held in person, in the Aviary room of the Barcelona Zoo, and was attended by twenty-two people from various institutions involved in the Life Tritó Montseny project: GRENP, Forest Technology Centre of Catalonia, Catalan Forestry, CSIC, University of Barcelona, Chester Zoo, Barcelona Zoo, Government of Catalonia and Barcelona Provincial Council.
During the years of the Life Tritó Montseny project, 49 actions are planned with the aim of preserving the species and its riverside habitat. Specifically, action C.15 is included in the group of conservation actions, with the aim of ensuring the genetic conservation and extending the geographical distribution of the Montseny newt. Thanks to the Life project, a multidisciplinary team made up of experts in the field has been created and is currently working on the Montseny newt recovery plan, which will be annexed to the plan for the introduction of the species.
Itinerancy comes to an end
22/11/2021 16:13 h.
Sant Feliu de Buixalleu hosted the exhibition of the project
On 16th, 17th and 18th November, "My name is Calotriton and I only live in Montseny!" could be visited at the municipal pavilion "Polivalent" (Avda. Gaserans, 188) of Sant Feliu de Buixalleu, the only municipality of the Natural Park and Biosphere Reserve of Montseny where, due to the COVID-19, it had not yet been possible to exhibit it. The visiting hours were from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on all three days.
Taking advantage of the fact that this year the 3rd and 4th grade students of the Alzines Balladores school in Sant Feliu de Buixalleu are working on the didactic unit "El Montseny i l'aigua" within the programme "El Montseny a l'ecola", a park ranger, on 17th November, made a guided visit to the exhibition. The pupils also took part in the plaster newt workshop, where each pupil made their own Montseny newt.
With the visit to this municipality, the project's exhibition concludes its tour of the eighteen municipaliteies in the Montseny Natural Park and Biosphere Reserve.
More than twenty thousand visitors
Since it opened in May 2018, more than twenty thousand people have already been able to visit "My name is Calotriton and I only live in Montseny!", which during three years of itinerancy has been exhibited in thirty municipalities throughout the country.
The exhibition shows aspects of the biology and ecology of the Montseny newt (Calotriton arnoldi) and disseminates the particularities of this amphibian endemic to the Montseny. It also shows the different actions carried out within the Life Tritó Montseny project to improve its critical state of conservation. The exhibition consists of nine roll-up panels in Catalan and a scale model of a Montseny newt. It is also accompanied by small panels with texts in Spanish and English.
"X Trobada d'Estudiosos"
29/11/2021 18:02 h.
The recovery of the Montseny newt habitat is debated
The X Trobada d'Estudiosos del Montseny, took place on 24 and 25 November 2021 at the "Espai Montseny" in Viladrau. During the morning of the first day, the newt was discussed exclusively.
The survival of the Montseny newt, an endemic species in critical danger of extinction, depends on being able to restore its habitat and find places to make releases with guarantees. This is the main conclusion of the talks on Life Tritó Montseny.
According to Daniel Guinart, conservation technician at the Montseny Natural Park and Biosphere Reserve and technical coordinator of the Life Tritó Montseny project, "There is a very clear consensus that the newt's area of distribution must be extended. We have the specimens to do so because the breeding centres are a success and we have a working group of about twenty people who have reached a consensus on how to make the releases, but the bottleneck is where to make the releases".
Human activity over the last century has led to a deterioration of the newt's riverside habitat and, at present, there are few suitable places where this species can survive. The Life Tritó Montseny project aims to correct this situation, trying to restore the natural environment. "On its own it would be restored, but it would take fifty or a hundred years. The human hand is trying to accelerate the natural restoration of these habitats," explains Guinart.
The Life Tritó Montseny project was due to end in December 2020, but has been extended until December 2022. "The experience of the project is positive because techniques have been used that have not been applied until now in Montseny, which implies a change in traditional ways," says the biologist, who adds that there is a lack of knowledge as to whether it will work. "The consensus of many experts indicates that we are on the right track. The idea is to continue along the lines of forcing the restoration of habitats".
This experience is being incorporated into the Montseny Natural Park and Biosphere Reserve as a new way of working towards real sustainability in the exploitation of natural resources. In this sense, the exploitation of water and wood are the resources that most affect the newt's habitat. Once the Life project ends, the administrations (Diputació de Barcelona, Diputació de Girona, Generalitat de Catalunya and Barcelona Zoo) are committed to continue in this line of work of habitat conservation to extend the distribution area of the Montseny newt.
Climate change and research on flagship species
In relation to the water resources that affect the newt, among others, during the "Trobada d'Estudis del Montseny" the effects of climate change on the massif were also discussed. "Montseny is in a privileged location due to its situation, altitude... it is a small example of what we have in Catalonia, with a Central European ecosystem in the north and a Mediterranean ecosystem in the south, it is an exceptional laboratory to see the effects of climate change, which is why so many studies are being carried out", explains Guinart. In this sense, until now water was only exploited because there was no shortage, but we are already seeing that it is beginning to be scarce in summer, as an effect of climate change. In this sense, the Park believes that it is an opportunity to learn and adapt to climate change. That is why they promote programmes such as Life to encourage adaptation measures to conserve biodiversity and also ensure that people can continue to live from the natural environment in Montseny, a Biosphere Reserve.
After ten editions of the "Trobada d'Estudiosos", robust research and monitoring programmes have been consolidated, which people are already familiar with and there is no need to explain them at conferences. For this reason, this year research and highly specialised work has been presented on delicate species, known as flagship species, which are observed and function as bio-indicators, since their presence indicates the good state of the ecosystem. In this sense, studies have been presented such as the Felis silvestris or the Palinurus elephas of Montseny as well as others focused on habitats of high interest, such as mature forests or natural meadows (such as those located at Matagalls and Turó de l'Hombe). Guinart also warns that in Montseny "there is a lack of species because we do not have in good condition habitats that are vital for the biodiversity of Montseny, such as mature forests and culminating meadows".
"X Trobada d'Estudiosos del Montseny"
On Thursday 25th November, the studies on historical and cultural heritage and geology, which have been less studied by the management of the Natural Park, stand out. In this sense, speaking at the "Trobada d'Estudiosos" is essential to complete all areas of research on the Montseny. Public use and environmental education, as well as flora and vegetation and climatology, were also discussed.
Other topics highlighted in the debate were the effects of climate change on the massif, which are beginning to affect water resources, as well as the presentation of studies on bioindicator species.
The "X Trobada d'Estudiosos del Montseny", in total, has brought together more than one hundred and fifty people. The two days can be followed live on the Youtube channel of the Natural Parks Network.
Since 1986, the year in which the "I Trobada d'Estudiosos del Montseny" was held, nearly four hundred papers have been presented, all of which can be consulted in the collective catalogue.
The exhibition in El Maresme
03/11/2021 17:01 h.
The exhibition can be seen in the libraries of Maresme
The exhibition on the Montseny newt 'My name is Calotriton and I only live in Montseny' can be visited until spring 2022 in several municipal libraries in El Maresme. The tour, which includes the municipalities of Tiana, Mataró, Tordera, Masnou, Argentona, Cabrils and Teià, is part of the activities of the programme 'Parcs i biblioteques... naturalment!
The exhibition will show aspects of the biology and ecology of the Montseny newt (Calotriton arnoldi) and disseminate the particularities of this endemic amphibian of the Montseny. It also shows the different actions carried out within the framework of the Life Tritó Montseny project to improve its critical state of conservation. The exhibition consists of nine roll-up panels in Catalan and a scale model of a Montseny newt. It is also accompanied by small panels with texts in Spanish and English.
As part of the proposals of the "Parcs i biblioteques... naturalment!" programme in Maresme, from now until spring 2022 the exhibition can be seen in the following libraries: Can Baratau Library. Tiana (from 1 to 30 September 2021); Pompeu Fabra Library. Mataró (from 1 to 31 October 2021); Tordera Library (from 1 November 2021 to 30 January 2022); Can Coromines Library. El Masnou (from 1 to 28 February 2022); Joan Fontcuberta i Gel Library. Argentona (from 7 to 28 February 2022); Cabrils Library (from 2 to 31 May 2022), and Can Llaurador Library. Teià (from 1 to 30 May 2022).
More than twenty thousand visitors
Since it opened in May 2018, more than twenty thousand people have already been able to visit "My name is Calotriton and I only live in Montseny!", which during three years of itinerancy has been exhibited in thirty municipalities in the counties of Barcelona and Girona, including the eighteen municipalities of the Montseny Natural Park and Biosphere Reserve by the end of the year.
Now, this new tour of the municipal libraries of the Maresme region will give impetus to the dissemination of the reality of the Montseny newt, which will reach a very wide and diverse range of audiences.