Volunteering at the amphibian reserve

11 August 2016

On Saturday, August 20th, we have planned an environmental volunteering day at the Do Catorce amphibian reserve.

Last month we signed a land stewardship agreement for the creation of this reserve, by which the Coirós Council ceded us the use and management of an area of 5 hectares for 50 years. On this day we will start the first phase of the planned improvements.

Photograph of the amphibian reserveWe are going to take advantage of absolute dryness of the wet area to work on it without affecting amphibians. On that day we will remove all the litter we can find, we will eliminate several invasive plants, pile up the foliage left after the last felling and we will dry some eucalyptus.

The meeting point will be at the Outpatient Clinic of Betanzos, where we will join at 9.30 a.m. to share cars, and we expect to come back at 2 p.m. Maybe there aren’t enough tools for all, so please try to take an axe or a sickle. It is also advisable to wear gloves, clothes and shoes suitable for working in the wood, and to take some snack and drink for the mid-morning break.

Should you like to register and participate in the tasks for the reserve creation from the very start, please contact us in advance (in section Contact you will find the necessary information). Don’t forget to send us your data (complete name, ID, birth date and mobile phone number), specifying if we must wait for you at the meeting point or if you are going directly. Thus, you will be covered by an accident insurance policy, you will be informed on last minute changes, and you will facilitate organization too.

Creating an amphibian reserve really can be considered active holidays!


Post data: The amphibian reserve was interesting enough for 24 people to leave aside the beach and the patron day celebrations on August 20th in order to participate in the first volunteering day organized there. They removed all the litter they could find, adding up to a volume of 5 m3, including two drums, one of them full of tarmac which was contaminating the soil through a leak. Some invasive species were eliminated (the buddleia, several Pampas grass and some Canadian horseweed), and also some eucalyptus on the area exploited by the old stone quarry. We also piled up a large amount of foliage that was lying around on the floodable area.

Photograph of the volunteers

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