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More protection for the fauna of the lagoons of Cabezo Beaza (Cartagena) (12/08/2019)

The placement of insulators and spirals in the high-voltage line that crosses the Municipal Wastewater Treatment Plant of Cartagena in Cabezo de Beaza, where ANSE had detected a high mortality of water birds by collision, some of them in danger of extinction, such as the white-headed malvasia

The reform of the power line developed during the last weeks has meant the placement of 249 signaling spirals and 144 bird protection covers, including the two air spans.

The Sanitation and Purification Entity of the Region of Murcia (ESAMUR) has financed the cost of carrying out these works, which amounts to € 10,700 plus VAT.

During the last technical months of ANSE they were detecting a high mortality of birds of various species due to collisions with the power line that crosses the reservoirs of the sewage plant, among which stands out the white-headed malvasia, a species listed as Endangered, having requested the competent administrations the urgent action on the power line due to the high incidence in the national population as a whole.

The lagoons of the Municipal Water Treatment Plant of Cabezo Beaza, Cartagena, managed by Hidrogea, have recently been incorporated into the National Inventory of Wetlands coordinated by the Ministry for Ecological Transition.

The improvement in wastewater purification processes and the existence of large lagoons with permanent waters provide shelter and food for numerous species of waterfowl, both during migration and wintering periods and during the breeding season.

Stresses in the lagoons of several couples of cabeciblanca malvasía, white jar, caraway and stork among others.

Hidrogea and ANSE have for some years maintained a collaboration agreement that allows the development of work to monitor populations and actions to eliminate invasive alien species, habitat restoration, installation of floating rafts to provide breeding sites for threatened bird species , environmental education, etc.

The recognition of the treatment plant as a protected wetland will now imply greater coordination between Hidrogea and the Association of Southeast Naturalists (ANSE) for the improvement of wildlife conservation, and also for new actions to improve aquatic habitats and terrestrial, and greater protection against possible actions that threaten its conservation, as has happened on some occasions with illegal hunting.

Source: ANSE

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