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Celebration of the World Wetlands Day
Last Sunday, February the 3rd, a guided visit to the intermittent Pond Espolla

Once again, the Consorci de l’Estany, together with the association LIMNOS and the Darder Museum, celebrated the World Wetlands Day as a commemoration of the Ramsar Convention signed in 1971 for the protection of aquatic ecosystems worldwide. This year's motto is "We are not powerless against climate change".
Taking advantage of this commemoration, every year we aim to publicize one of the various wetlands in the Pla de l'Estany region. This year, Pond Espolla (in Catalan: Estanyol de la Platja d'Espolla) was chosen.
Thus, last Sunday, February the 3rd, a guided tour of the Estanyol d'Espolla was carried out by Carles Quer, a biologist and member of LIMNOS, and Miquel Campos, technical coordinator of the Consorci de l'Estany.
Thirty people attended the visit and were able to explore the new itinerary around the Estanyol d'Espolla that was opened last summer.
During the visit, it was possible to discover its unique hydrological mechanism, which leads it to fill up every now and then with groundwater coming from the Alta Garrotxa region, as well as other peculiarities such as: the piezometer located next to the pond that measures the groundwater pressure; how the pond is managed; which are its natural values in terms of fauna and flora; and even the Paleolithic site found in the area.
The pond’s social services and the human impacts affecting it were also recalled: the shooting range, the quarry, the motocross field, the highway and the industrial park. Finally, they dedicated some moments to talking about the water springs, the amazing living-fossil Triops cancriformis and the amphibians, all of them treasures of this unique site.
The organizing entities want to emphasize that this itinerary, which currently covers only half of the pond, allows to improve the vision of the Estanyol d'Espolla and at the same time regulates the accesses and reduces the impact of visitors on the site. Also, informative panels and dioramas representing the species which inhabit the site.
They also highlight the importance of raising awareness among visitors in order to avoid inopportune behaviors such as those occurred in recent years when the lake filled up.
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Fishes, freshwater mussels and Vertigo snails in the Feria de Sant Martirià de Banyoles

One more year The Consorci del Estany organizes an exposition to carry out an environmental sensitizing about the importance of the native fauna that lives in the lake of Banyoles and the rivers Ter, Fluvià and Muga.
Between 15,000 and 20,000 people pass through the fair thanks of the good weather of the weekend, also on Friday more than 900 schoolchildren were welcomed.
Threatened species that are the object of the LIFE Potamo Fauna project, such as naiads, native fishes and Vertigo snails, are also exposed. The Spanish Society of Malacology has dedicate the year 2016 to vertigo as the molusc of the year.

The species Vertigo moulisiana and Vertigo angustior selected as "2016 mollusk" by the Spanish Society of Malacology

This year  the campaign "A Year of Vertigo," is implemented as an action of the European project LIFE Potamo Fauna, to make them known to society

World Wetlands Day 6 and 7 February 2015

The Consortium of Lake, the environmental non-goverment organitzation LIMNOS and
Darder Museum organize various activities to celebrate World Wetlands Day; date commemorates the signing of the Ramsar Convention in 1971 to protect these ecosystems.
We send the activities scheduled for 6 and 7 February of this year with a series of talks and an visit to the Center for Reproduction of native crayfish in Olot.
We hope your assistance.

90 exotic turtles captured in the river Ter and Lake Banyoles under the LIFE Potamo Fauna project

  • In 2015 the release of native european pond turtles to the river Ter will begin. They will be bred in the Albera Tortoise Breeding Centre (CRT).

The Lake Consortium spreads the "LIFE Potamo Fauna" project in Tarragona in an internal training course

On November 26 was held in Tarragona an internal training course "Active with new programs 2014-2020" organized by the city of Tarragona.

The LIFE Potamo Fauna project present in the Feria Sant Martirià of Banyoles that brought 30,000 people

El Consorcio del Lago con la colaboración del Centro de Reproducción de Tortugas de la Albera (CRT) y Limnos estuvo presente los días 14, 15 y 16 de noviembre en la Feria de Sant Martirià y del Firestany de Banyoles para informar del proyecto LIFE Potamo Fauna y de los valores naturales del espacio natural del lago de Banyoles, y concretamente acercar especies desconocidas para la gente como son los anfibios y el galápago europeo a los visitantes de la Feria . Durante los tres días pasaron por la feria unas 30.000 personas; destacar también que el viernes visitaron la feria más de 1.000 escolares.

· Comencen les obres per crear tres noves llacunes a l´estany de Banyoles (15/12/05)

Diari de Girona / Sònia Tubert - El projecte Life Natura de restauració dels ambients aquàtics de Banyoles i Porqueres comença a visualitzar les seves primeres accions.

· Tres petites llacunes ajudaran a recuperar els hàbitats desapareguts a l'estany de Banyoles (04/12/05)

El Punt / Oriol Mas - Els treballs d'habilitació començaran la setmana vinent i estaran enllestits el mes d'abril.

· Creen tres llacunes a l'estany de Banyoles per recuperar hàbitats desapareguts (01/12/05)

El Punt / Oriol Mas - Els treballs d'habilitació començaran la setmana vinent i estaran enllestits el mes d'abril.

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