Creation of wetlands for forest amphibians: Bombina pachypus and Triturus carnifex

WetFlyAmphibia - Conservation of amphibians and butterflies of wetland of open areas and their habitats at the Foreste Casentinesi National Park


LIFE14 NAT/IT/000759

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Object

Creation of wetlands to favour the reproduction of Bombina pachypus and Triturus carnifex

PROJECT REFERENT
Miozzo Marcello

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Objective

Create or restore suitable habitats for the reproduction of Bombina pachypus and Triturus carnifex where they have disappeared or are no longer suitable for these species.

Good Practice Description

Based on the specific characteristics of the two species, ponds, pools, springs, little lakes, drinking troughs and other types of wet areas suitable for the reproduction of these amphibians have been created or restored.

In some cases, at the same time of the construction or restoration of wetlands, silvicultural interventions were carried out, with the aim, for example, of bringing more light to ponds or pools to allow for a better heating of the water (useful action for Bombina pachypus).

Territorial Context

National Park of the Casentinesi Forests, Mount Falterona and Campigna. The construction sites have been identified in areas once managed as pasture and today abandoned or used less than in the past. In the past, these areas, characterised by a mosaic of woods, open patches and the presence of various types of wetlands, represented the habitat suitable for the reproduction of the two amphibians.

Replicability conditions

It is necessary that in addition to the correct design and construction of wet areas and, if necessary, their protection with fences, maintenance activities are scheduled. These environments in fact naturally tend to be buried and colonized by vegetation.

Dissemination material

From the LIFE GoProFor database, in the final part of the sheet, it is possible to download some material related to the project, including the design plans for the construction of the various types of wetlands.