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C.4. The restoration of other river habitats of interest to conservation.

The objective of this scheme is to restore the river habitats present in the Habitats Directive (and therefore of interest to conservation) and habitually used by the European mink (Mustela lutreola).

These habitats shall be restored in a number of ways, depending on the soil characteristics and the floodability conditions of each area. On occasions, this shall be conducted by planting species native to each target habitat, such as 92AO (Populus nigra and Populus alba riparian woodlands) or 92D0 (Tamarix gallica woodlands). To do so, it will be necessary to eliminate the infrastructures (earth embankments, etc) preventing these areas from being flooded (action C.1), re-profiling the land to return it to its natural state (modified by farming or forestry practices), closing off tracks to prevent access by motor vehicle traffic. In these cases in which active restoration is encouraged, it is important to ensure that the plants to be used are native in origin. This shall be done by growing the seeds collected in the area in nurseries (action A2).

On other occasions, the focus is to be on the spontaneous restoration of certain habitats, such as 3270 (nitrophilous plants colonising gravel banks) or 3280 (annual and perennial nitrophilous grasslands) through the removal of the limiting factor preventing its natural growth (such as grazing).

Most actions shall seek to create new wetlands together with any copses or humid grazing lands. This shall be planned on a case by case basis, thereby creating an interesting mosaic of habitats that are suitable for the target species (European mink -Mustela lutreola-, otter -Lutra lutra- and European pond turtle -Emys orbicularis-).

These schemes shall also be undertaken in the months when there is no plant growth (from November to February), in order to guarantee the success of the plantations. All the plants required for this work shall be grown at the GAVRN nurseries and provided for use by the project at production cost (action A2).

It is expected to restore habitats 92A0, 92D0, 3270 and 3280 in at least 17 action areas, accounting for a total of 230 hectares of restored natural habitats. All the restoration actions carried out in action C.4 (and other habitat restoration actions) shall be based on document "Technical recommendations and guidelines for the conservation of the European mink and its habitats", prepared by GAVRN.

Partners


    Gestión Ambiental de Navarra, S.A. Fundación Crana Tragsa

Co-financers


    Gobierno de Navarra Gobierno de España

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