<span>”The Wendy Clements Animal Sanctuary in Chucena has succeeded, after years of pursuing a project to prevent the use of herbicides in vineyards in Doñana, in bringing back a species that has not been seen for years, the newt, an insectivorous amphibian. The newt, according to the Sanctuary, is a very difficult amphibian to observe and for years the indiscriminate use of herbicides in the countryside has reduced its numbers in Doñana to worrying levels; in fact, no farmer in the area recalled having found any of these shy animals in their agricultural plots.
– This centre, in its 100,000 square metres, is managing to recover colonies of owlets that are protected in the almost centenary olive trees that still survive in this area, as well as families of hedgehogs, snakes and – especially – a large number of small birds that take advantage of the absence of poisons and agricultural pesticides to raise their chicks in the vineyard.
– The Sanctuary points out that the newt is an “indicator species” of the level of environmental health of an environment, so they understand that its return represents “a good qualification and an incentive to continue making efforts to recover, in a real way, the natural wealth of Doñana”.
– The Sanctuary hopes that, with this and other projects, Doñana will regain its recently lost status on the IUCN Green List (the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s seal of approval). Source, Spanish: https://andaluciainformacion.<wbr />es/andalucia/1507574/los-<wbr />tritones-retornan-a-los-<wbr />vinedos-de-donana-tras-<wbr />eliminar-el-uso-de-herbicidas/<wbr />
At least SOME good news from that area – in spite of the drought!
Fantastic news from the Wendy Clements Animal Sanctuary in Chucena! Their successful efforts to reintroduce the newt, an indicator species, showcase a commitment to conservation. Creating a pesticide-free environment has not only benefited the newt but also supported the recovery of other species. This achievement is a positive step towards restoring Doñana’s natural wealth. The sanctuary’s hope for Doñana’s recognition on the IUCN Green List is well-deserved and inspiring. Kudos to the team for their dedication to environmental health and biodiversity!
But @Petrea, I have never heard of “Digamextra” Who runs this site? is it safe to sign up to? I notice, like Clive, that the site is not running on a secure conection so I don’t really want to share any details there.. ???
Actually, Digamextra is a local forum for Axarquia, not a nature one. The editor picks up various news from more or less all over the world sometimes, so probably not interesting for you. I quoted the full article from there, so I had to state the source. I had problems with the link given there. I´m surpriced that it should not be safe, but then better quote this forum. 😉
Hi Petrea, I like the idea of the mailing list that Digamextra has, i think I will sign up to it myself actually! 🙂 I wonder, would the owner be interested in any of my wildlife news updates that I publish at Wildside Holidays?