Appointments for the III Land Stewardship Week

7 September 2014

Logo of LandLife WeekAs in previous years, at the end of this month we will be holding our next Land Stewardship Week. As well as conferences and volunteering activities, there’ll be something new: the eco-regatta, a fun race which includes parallel activities for children. With all these events on offer we’re hoping for a great turnout—kids and adults both.

We’re not the only ones organizing activities related to land stewardship: all around Europe similar events are programmed within the LandLife Week.

This time the core issue is the conservation challenge we face in the As Mariñas area and the possibility of undertaking it by means of land stewardship. The aim is to get people familiar with some of the animal and plant species present in the biosphere reserve area which require our attention and care because they are endangered.

Image of the program of the III Week of Land Stewardship in As Mariñas of A Coruña and the River Mandeo AreaThe objective is to foster a culture of conservation of biodiversity in this area, so that both private and governmental institutions take into account the vital needs of the various species prior to undertaking actions or activities in the natural environment. Thanks to leading researchers, we will come closer to the life of some jewels that make up the natural treasure hidden in As Mariñas.

As in previous years, the week is being co-organized by the Association for Rural Development Mariñas-Betanzos and by Fragas do Mandeo. Funding is provided by Mariñas-Betanzos, since Fragas do Mandeo earmarks 100% of the donations received for purchasing woodland plots of environmental interest, and therefore does not have the means to fund this kind of event. We also have the collaboration of GADISA, who provide the catering for the volunteering days.

Please download the program and the poster and share them among your personal circle and social networks, so that you help everyone to have the opportunity to participate.

To register for the volunteering days and the eco-regatta, please contact the organization by phone 981 669 541 or by e-mail This way you will be covered for accident insurance and you’ll receive detailed instructions in advance.

Conference on the role of land stewardship in conservation: To start the week we have planned a set of talks entitled Land stewardship and conservation: Challenges of biodiversity preservation in the area of As Mariñas. Following the presentation by the Mayor of Betanzos, Mr. Ramón García, and the President of the Association for Rural Development Mariñas-Betanzos, Mr. José Antonio Santiso, we will give a brief review on the achievements of Fragas do Mandeo during its four years of existence.

Image of the poster of the III Week of Land Stewardship in As Mariñas of A Coruña and the River Mandeo area.The first talk will be carried out by Dr. Javier Amigo, a botanist from the University of Santiago de Compostela, who will tell us about the most endangered flora of this area and the habitats where it thrives. After this, Dr. Pedro Galán, a zoologist from the University of A Coruña, will take part focusing on endangered amphibians and reptiles. After the morning break, Dr. Paz Ondina, a biologist from the University of Santiago de Compostela, will talk about the complex life cycle of the scarce freshwater mussel and its dependence on migrating fish. To end the day, the ornithologist Mr. Sergio París, of the Galician Association of Ornithology, will explain the worrying situation of several bird species of this area and what we can do for them.
Date: September 20th, from 9.30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Place: Blue Room at the Betanzos Liceo.

Volunteering in Ponte do Porco: We will start the environmental volunteering activities with the elimination of exotic invasive species that threaten the biodiversity of Alameda beach and, at the same time, we are going to remove all the litter we can. Three years ago we started rooting out the ice plant (Carpobrotus edulis) and the Pampas grass (Cortaderia selloana), since a few are still sprouting. On this occasion we will also fight the Canadian horseweed (Conyza canadensis). As on previous occasions, we have the collaboration of the Council of Miño. Please contact us in advance if you would like to take part. Additional information can be found on the information sheet.
Date: September 21th, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Place: Alameda beach (Ponte do Porco, Miño).

Conference The threat of exotic invasive species in As Mariñas: The Professor of Botany of the University of A Coruña Dr. Jaime Fagúndez is going to explain how exotic invasive species have become the second biggest cause of biodiversity loss at planetary level, focusing on those plants and animals with greatest impact in our region and on how to stop their spread.
Date: September 24th at 8 p.m.
Place: Blue Room at the Betanzos Liceo.

Eco-regatta in Betanzos estuary: Instead of competing to be the quickest, this race’s rivalry will be for taking care of the estuary. The participants on the boats, supported by their teams on land, will strive to collect the biggest quantity and the oddest piece of garbage. The start and finish line will be in the port of Betanzos, where there will be some food, drinks, music and children’s activities. The collaborating entities are Amigos dos Ríos de Betanzos, Canoeing Club, Association Ría do Pedrido, Association Regato dos Mouros, Lar de Unta and Casa Castillo Betanzos. If you feel like taking part, please contact us, even if you don’t have a boat. Additional information can be found on the informative sheet.
Date: September 27th, from 3 to 8.30 p.m.
Place: Port of Betanzos.

Simultaneous cleaning of rivers: We are going to the surroundings of the River Mendo to take part in the seventh simultaneous cleaning of rivers in Galicia coordinated by Proxecto Ríos. We will start the cleaning at Os Cabalos bridge, to follow the route by the river bank up to Taibo bridge, collecting all the garbage we find. It is a 6 km-long protected natural heritage site which deserves to be preserved in good condition. The path is not hard going but it is advisable to wear appropriate clothes and footwear, and gloves too. Please, contact us in advance in case you would like to participate. Additional information can be found on the informative sheet.
Date: September 28th, from 9.30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Place: We will start at the outpatient clinic in Betanzos.

The Land Stewardship Week is more than just a cultural event. It is the opportunity for people worried about our region’s natural heritage to work together in direct and efficient actions.

Break with indifference and get moving for biodiversity: Do your bit!

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