A week of intense work

17 April 2017

The coincidence this week of a national holiday and sunny weather allowed us to address a lot of pending work.

Photograph of the volunteersOn Monday a volunteer got to the Sobrado Lake to do the regular tasks of cleaning and maintenance of the bird hide, and to remove litter from the two plots in which we do land stewardship, the banks of the lagoon and the stretch of the Way of Saint James that goes alongside it.

On Thursday morning four volunteers got to the spot of Chelo (Coirós) to continue the montbretia campaign. They spent four hours squatted to uproot the tubers. They didn’t remove so many, since we have almost eradicated it from the banks of the River Mandeo between the Chelo footbridge and the Teixeiro Bridge, where we have already removed more than 172,000 tubers. But their work has been really important to prevent the montbretia (Crocosmia x crocosmiiflora) to recover from a few remaining tubers.

Photograph of the volunteersIn the afternoon, three volunteers went to the Ollo da Roda reserve, by the River Mendo. They prepared an area to be planted with native trees, by cutting eucalyptus and piling up the foliage.

The water level at Do Catorce reserve is very low because of dry weather and high temperatures. Amphibians are suffering, since some ponds are getting waterless at a time when tadpoles haven’t metamorphosed yet. We tried to relieve this by taking 340 litres of water, but it wasn’t enough because of evaporation. Finally, we opted for moving those that were stuck on the drying mud to ponds with more water.

On Saturday other three volunteers went over to A Espenuca. The path that crosses the wood plot on the northern slope, in which we do land stewardship, was getting closed in by gorses and brackens, so it needed bush clearance. We went over the eucalyptus elimination too: only a few new shoots appeared, but many other sprouts from seeds. Little by little the native wood is recovering.

Photograph of the volunteersOn Sunday a volunteer did a cleaning route along the banks of the River Mandeo, from the spot of Chelo to Cal dos Arados. We regularly remove litter along the downstream route from Chelo to the Teixeiro Bridge, because it is the most frequented. But more and more hikers walk along the upstream route, so there is always some litter. Additionally, he recorded the spots where he found exotic species: small-leaf spiderwort (Tradescantia fluminensis), cherry laurel (Prunus laurocerasus) and calla lily (Zantedeschia aethiopica). They shall be eliminated as soon as possible.

In short: a busy week during which people engaged with biodiversity conservation in our area devoted their leisure time to a really effective environmental volunteering.

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