The project will deliver an ecosystem-based conservation project in combination with public engagement actions.
A combination of landscaping works, water management actions and management of vegetation using grazing animals aims at habitat modification in order to create a mosaic of habitats and increase species diversity while improving conditions for priority breeding species such as the Spur-winged Lapwing Vanellus spinosus, the Black-winged Stilt Himantopus himantopus and the Ferruginous Duck Aythya nyroca. By opening up the reed-bed more space for grazing will also be provided and therefore opportunities for livestock keeping will increase, a traditional activity at the site. Grazing is a key management action that will also contribute to longer term reed management.
The project will produce a series of baseline studies: a topographical survey, a bird productivity study and population assessment for key breeding birds and a study on the native Killifish (Aphanius fasciatus). The baseline studies will assist in monitoring change and project impact. During project implementation key variables will be monitored, i.e. water quality, bird and plant species richness and abundance. To ensure the sustainable long term management of the site, a water management regime and a site management plan with clear objectives will be prepared.
To engage the local community and to spread the message of nature conservation to a wider audience, the project foresees the creation of enhanced facilities for birdwatching tourism, i.e. observation tower, walkway for visitors and information material such as information signs on site and leaflets. Opportunities for traditional handicraft production will also be enhanced and promoted in order to support the local community.
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