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Life Tritó Montseny

Review 2022

17/06/2022 12:23 h.

The Life Tritó Montseny project is reviewed before it does not end in December

During the month of June, those responsible for Life Tritó Montseny received a visit from Audrey Thenard (CINEA), a monitor from the European Union's external team. The aim of the visit was to monitor the programme and discuss various technical and financial aspects. The Barcelona Provincial Council team leading the project presented the development of the different actions carried out in the territory and the difficulties encountered during its implementation.

On the one hand, on Thursday 2 June, a field trip was made to see the actions carried out in the Montseny area with the aim of improving the riverside habitat of the species. A few days later, on Wednesday 15 June, the technical and financial meeting was held telematically. During the session, details were given of the actions on which the greatest efforts are currently being made to complete them within the project's timeframe.

Thenard's visit will help to define the aspects to be worked on during the last months of the project. The effort of all the people and entities involved in Life Tritó Montseny during these almost six years of the project has been considerable. Now, in the final phase of the programme, work must continue in order to conclude all the planned actions and present the results at the final closing conference of the project.


Two-year extension

Life Tritó Montseny began in September 2016 and was scheduled to end in December 2020. At the planned date, the planned objectives had not been achieved and an extension period was granted for 25 actions, 9 of them due to a delay in their execution and the other 16 as a result of the close link with the previous 9. The new end date of the project is 31 December 2022.

The studies and actions carried out within the framework of Life Tritó Montseny with European funding have shown that the situation of this amphibian remains in critical danger of extinction, despite the fact that its population remains stable, especially due to the effect of the hydrology of the area and climate change. The project aims to achieve all the objectives set at the beginning in order to resolve some of the main threats to this endemic species of the Montseny.


Gypsum newts

06/06/2022 11:27 h.

The municipality of Montseny hosted a family workshop to make newts

On Saturday 4 June, as part of the free activities commemorating the European Day of Parks and Nature Week 2022, the village of Montseny hosted a family workshop to make plaster newts from Montseny. The activity, led by Ademc, was very well received and brought together around twenty people.

During the workshop, participants first weighed the dry plaster, added the right amount of water and, once the mixture was ready, put it into a silicone mould. Once it has dried and been removed from the mould, each participant decides how to paint it and then takes home their brand new decorated Montseny triton.

In addition to making the chalk newt, during the development of the proposal, participants were explained both the characteristics of this endemic species and the threats to its conservation, for example, the problem of diseases affecting amphibians. The environmental educators emphasised that amphibians cannot be touched directly with the hands because of the serious diseases that currently affect this group of fauna.

Library La Garriga

New roaming

08/06/2022 08:31 h.

The exhibition tours the libraries of the Sant Llorenç Natural Park

The exhibition 'My name is Calotriton and I only live in Montseny', which focuses on the Montseny newt, is coming to the libraries of the 'Parks and libraries... naturally!' programme in the Sant Llorenç del Munt i l'Obac Natural Park. Until the end of 2022, the itinerancy includes the libraries of Matadepera, Viladecavalls, Vacarisses and Terrassa.

The travelling exhibition "My name is Calotriton and I only live in Montseny!" consists of nine roll-up panels in Catalan and a scale model of a newt from Montseny. It is also accompanied by small panels with texts in Spanish and English. It focuses on aspects of the biology and ecology of the Montseny newt (Calotriton arnoldi) and disseminates the particularities of this amphibian endemic to Montseny. It also presents the actions of the Life Tritó Montseny project to improve its critical state of conservation.

As part of the activities of the "Parks and libraries... naturally!" programme in the Sant Llorenç del Munt i l'Obac Natural Park, from June until the end of 2022, it will be exhibited in the following libraries: Àngel Guimerà Library in Matadepera (from 13 to 29 June); Pere Calders Library in Viladecavalls (from 4 to 27 October); El Castell Library in Vacarisses in November (dates to be confirmed); and the Districte 5 Library in Terrassa (from 1 to 21 December).

"My name is Calotriton and I only live in Montseny!" was inaugurated in May 2018 and, during three years of itinerancy, it was exhibited in thirty municipalities of the counties of Barcelona and Girona, including the eighteen municipalities of the Montseny Natural Park and Biosphere Reserve.

From the end of 2021 to the spring of 2022, it will be touring several municipal libraries in the Maresme area in the municipalities of Tiana, Mataró, Tordera, el Masnou, Argentona, Cabrils and Teià, also as part of the activities of the "Parks and libraries... naturally!" programme, in this case, of the Serralada de Marina Park. After the summer of 2022 it will continue its itinerancy with new visits to the libraries Can Baratau in Tiana (September), Pompeu Fabra in Mataró (October) and Tordera (November).

The "Parks and libraries... naturally!" programme is the result of collaboration between the Library Services Department and the Natural Areas Services Department of Barcelona Provincial Council and is being deployed in the libraries of the Serralada de Marina Park, Serralada Litoral Park, Montnegre i el Corredor Park, Sant Llorenç del Munt i l'Obac Natural Park, Serra de Collserola Natural Park and Montserrat Natural Park.





Life Tritó Montseny

13th newsletter

19/04/2022 11:47 h.

The 13th newsletter is published with the news from January, February and March

The last quarterly bulletin, corresponding to the months of January, February and March 2022, of the Life Tritó Montseny project brings together the chronicle of the 4th meeting of hydrologists held at Masia Mariona on 24 March. During the day, several presentations were given and a field trip was organised to see the actions carried out in the area of influence of the Montseny newt.

Another topic covered in the newsletter is the publication, in the scientific journal Land, of an the article on the triton of the Montseny newt (Calotriton arnoldi), which defines the five strategic lines of the Life Montseny Newt project and presents an evaluation of the various actions that have been carried out to improve the habitat of this species considered "critically endangered" by the IUCN.

Environmental education also has a place in the bulletin and, thus, it reports on the plaster newt workshop, held in January at the Vall de Alfatà library in Santa Susanna, in Maresme, a family activity that disseminates the characteristics of this species to children outside the Montseny area.

Those who want to keep up to date with the news of Life Tritó Montseny can subscribe to the newsletter subscribe to the newsletter and choose the language in which they want to receive it (Catalan, Spanish or English), consult the history of the newsletters as well as the "Evolution" section of the website, which contains all the news of the project.


Life Tritó Montseny

4th Meeting of hydrologists

14/04/2022 08:28 h.

Masia Mariona hosts the 4th meeting of hydrologists of the project

Masia Mariona, in the Montseny Natural Park and Biosphere Reserve, hosted the fourth meeting of the group of hydrologists of the Life Tritó Montseny project on 24 March. During the day, several presentations were given and a field trip was organised to see the actions carried out in the area of influence of the Montseny newt.

In the morning, there was a presentation of the latest work carried out within the framework of the Hydrologists' Advisory Committee, with presentations by Jordi Cristóbal (IRTA); Joan Gomà (UB); Jérôme Latron (IDAEA) and Anna Àvila (CREAF), and Cisco Mayorgas (Nestlé Waters). Afterwards, there was a question and answer session and an interesting debate with proposals for the future. In the afternoon there was a field trip to visit the actions carried out so far in the framework of the Life Tritó Montseny project.

The opinion of the hydrology experts provided a new vision of the actions carried out in the area of influence of the Montseny triton and those planned for the near future.


Committee of experts

The need to create a technical working group to study the hydrogeology of the Montseny Natural Park and Biosphere Reserve (included in the Natura 2000 network) arose from the first meeting of the committee of the experts of the Life Tritó Montseny project held on 28 September 2017. At that time, the objectives of the work were to understand the hydrogeological dynamics of the Montseny massif, establish a hydrological monitoring programme and ensure the sustainable use of water. In addition to defining a working group, it was necessary to plan the lines of work to be able to carry out the research projects and reach a consensus on a model defining the hydrological dynamics of the Montseny.

Since then, the project's group of hydrologists has remained active and, to date, four meetings have been held.



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