> LIFE Charcos raised awareness of the Guards and Wardens of Nature
On February the 2nd it was the National Day of the Nature Vigilant and the World Wetlands Day, thus the reason for the National Meeting of Nature Watchers that was held on the 1st and 2nd early this month in Odemira. Presentations were made and discussions about a number of topics regarding nature conservation and monitoring in marine, river and freshwater habitats.
The LIFE Charcos Project, which aims to conserve Mediterranean Temporary Ponds in the southwest coast of Portugal, was presented at this meeting by Rita Alcazar from LPN. The main characteristics of this habitat were explained as well as the conservation status as priority habitat to conservation in accordance with Directive habitats of the European Union.
(Rita Alcazar presentation)
The vigilantes of nature present at this meeting were from various protected areas across the country and have shown interest in this issue in order to become more knowledgeable about the flora and fauna species that depend directly on these natural habitats which because of its uniqueness and fragility are increasingly threatened.
A visit to a temporary pond in the southwest coast with observations of various species of flora and fauna in the field, was motivating for those present which became even more aware of the practical conservations actions, supervision and monitoring of this habitat that are needed.