Controlling invasive species in Liencres Natural Park (Piélagos) to celebrate Natura 2000 day

The companies AMICA, AMPROS and SERCA received training and volunteered for the LIFE ARCOS project.

We celebrated World Environment Day on 18 June 2018 with a volunteer and training event on invasive flora with the LIFE ARCOS Project from the Directorate-General of Natural Environment of the Regional Ministry of Rural Affairs, Fisheries and Food of the Government of Cantabria.

On this day, the Cantabrian companies AMICAAMPROS and SERCA got to work to control the cape weeds and horseweed on Canllave Beach (Natural Park of Liencres).  After listening to a brief speech from the natural park director, Jesús Varas, the three teams from AMICA, AMPROS and SERCA got to work.  27 people worked within plots marked with temporary plastic tape. They collected approximately 390 kg of cape weeds (Arctotheca calendula) and 25 kg of horseweed (Conyza candensis).  The participants learned to distinguish the characteristics of the cape weeds among other well-preserved and blooming dune plant species such as the sea potato, sea beet, Virginia stock, shore bindweed, European searocket, petty spurge, etc.


Teams from AMICA, AMPROS and SERCA working in Canallave. Group photo with the Regional Minister for Rural Affairs, Fisheries and Food.

The work area included dunes where restricted access favored their recovery and the regeneration of dune vegetation.

Although the area was quite clean, volunteers also collected some non-biodegradable bags.

Finally, the Cantabrian Network for Rural Development collected all the plants and garbage.

Participants received commemorative informational t-shirts from LIFE ARCOS.

The Directorate-General of Natural Environment would like to thank volunteers for their participation. Everyone learned something new about the environment and played their part in restoring vulnerable ecosystems: the dune systems of Cantabria.

Download the activity announcement here

AMICA, Cantabria, Liencres, Natura 2000 Network Day, Volunteering

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