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The LIFE Salinas Project during 2020

Although this year has been marked by the coronavirus pandemic and some LIFE Salinas Projects have been interrupted, other projects have been carried out with certain normality.
At the beginning of the year, work was started on the improvement of motes in order to increase the flow of water throughout the saline circuit and improve the reproductive habitat of many aquatic birds. This project is still underway and will continue in 2021.
Throughout the year, the “La Llana” beach dune system has been transformed, carrying out the following: elimination of exotic invasive plant species, reinforcement of native vegetation, the placement of many sand captors in order to stabilize the dunes and the continuous reinforcement of these dunes utilizing banquettes of Posidonia oceanica.

Construction has also been carried out at the end of this year at the Coterillo pond, aiming to connect the pond to the saline circuit and therefore increase the surface of the reproductive habitat of aquatic birds.

Many birds have been present in the park this year. The following birds have been spotted for the first time this year throughout the Regional Park: a colony of a herons formed by many hundreds of cattle egrets, a dozen of little egrets, some pairs of night heron and glossy ibis.

For the first time in decades a pair of collared pratincole’s were spotted nesting inside the park and a pair of flamingos tried to nest. The Audouin’s gull, the star species of the LIFE Salinas Project, increased its reproductive population to 513 pairs this year.
In this year 2021, the LIFE Salinas team will continue to work and inform regarding all activities carried out, with the hope that the current pandemic situation will improve, allowing us to carry out the project with more voluntary work and public participation.

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