Getting to know wetlands through environmental education

During the months of November and December 2021, several environmental education activities have been carried out in Castilla y León.  These included three field visits to the Boada and La Nava lagoons between November and December. These actions for the dissemination and popularisation of wetland conservation are part of the LIFE Wetlands for Climate project and are framed within the Actions E1, called “communication and general dissemination campaign of the project”.

At the end of November, on 28th November, a representation of 42 members of the ACYLAC Association (link to, or association of high capacities of Castilla y León, most of them coming from the neighbouring province of Valladolid, were received at the Boada lagoon. This association was initially created by parents of children with High Intellectual Abilities, the association also welcomes young people and adults with these characteristics, professionals in psychology and education, as well as anyone who shares concerns or interest in this subject. This field day was attended by 21 parents and 21 children.

On the 3rd of December, the LIFE Paludicola/FGN team also received students of the Forestry and Environmental Engineering Degree of the University of Valladolid on a field visit. They were five students and two professors of the fourth year of the subject Conservation and Management of Protected Fauna. This activity presented the relevance of LIFE projects in Castilla y León, using mainly the actions carried out by LIFE Paludicola and LIFE Wetlands for Climate as important examples of management and conservation of wetland habitats. The visit took place between the Boada House-Museum and the Boada de Campos and La Nava lagoons.

The visit focused on the integrated management carried out in these wetlands of the natural space ZEPA La Nava-Campos Sur and ZEPA La Nava-Campos Norte, belonging to the Natura 2000 Network, where emphasis was placed on the management of the lagoon, such as vegetation control and water management, which results in the conservation of various species, especially the globally threatened Aquatic Warbler and the fight against climate change.

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Finally, on 9 December, a field visit to the Nava lagoon was held with the ALDAMA Association. This association runs a centre for the rehabilitation of drug addicts in the nearby town of Baquerín de Campos (Palencia), in which 17 people took part. Thanks to this day, the participants were able to get to know many of the species of aquatic birds that winter in the wetlands of Palencia, represented by the common goose and the common crane, and to get to know the aquatic warbler, the protagonist of this wetland in summer when it uses it during its migrations. They also learned about the conservation actions carried out in the wetland thanks to the LIFE projects carried out by the FGN in Tierra de Campos with LIFE Wetlands for Climate and LIFE Paludicola, which allow us to continue investing in the conservation of these wetlands.


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