Ponds and temporary wetlands

For more than a decade we have been working on the creation, improvement and conservation of cattle pools and temporary Mediterranean ponds. Cattle pools constitute essential habitats for the conservation of certain species of birds, amphibians, water plants, etc., some in danger of extinction such as the black stork (Ciconia nigra).

The presence of pools is important for the increase in biodiversity, not only because of their status as wetlands, but also because the water they store gradually filters into the earth, helping with fertility and the soil yield. They provide humidity to a large part of the property through dewfall and the air. Over the years, the water expands underground, improving the soil and the trees. In addition, they add diversity and elements of interest to the landscape.

“Temporary Mediterranean ponds” form one kind of cattle pools and are habitats of priority interest. These are very shallow lagoons and pools that flood from time to time, generally during winter and spring, mainly fed by rainwater, with an irregular flooding cycle that fluctuates both over the year and from one year to the next. They are home to flora mainly comprising annual plants and geophytes with an eminently Mediterranean distribution.

In recent years, we have conducted multiple activities intended to create and maintain cattle pools within the framework of stewardship agreements with the owners of private properties, fundamentally in Extremadura.

Desde 1993 dedicados a la conservación de la naturaleza y la funcionalidad de los ecosistemas

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