Iberianature Forum

Iberianature forum sponsored wildlife project

May 20th, 2008

I’m pleased to announce the first iberianatureforum sponsored wildlife project. The plan is to support the conservation of the endangered Southern Midwife toad (Alytes dickhilleni – above photo from sierradebaza.org.) The idea has arisen from a visit members of the forum made last month to the Zoo Botanico in Jerez de la Frontera, the best in Spain in terms of conservation of local species, and has been organised by joint forum-owner Clive whom I quote here.

  • The zoo is in the process or requesting permission to collect from the wild an endangered species of amphibian for captive breeding and release and we (The Forum) can help out with the project.
  • Alytes dickhilleni is a species of Midwife toad that only occurs in the Southern part of Spain hence its common name of “Betic / Southern Midwife Toad” after the “Baetic” mountain range in the Andalucía. (In Spanish it’s a Sapo partero bético).
  • The project needs some large glass terrariums (5) in order to house and breed the toads that cost (the terrariums) about 150 Euros each. In return for our help the Iberianature Forum will be named as sponsors and our collaboration will be mentioned in all the results returned from the project. (We will be famous at last!)
  • The community of iberianature has come a long way over the last year or so and we have all contributed to an excellent resource about the natural world of Iberia but this, for me at least, is an excellent opportunity for us as a group to help in a practical way some people who are really working hard to protect their environment.

If you like iberianature and you would like to contribute to this project please send me or Clive an email.

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Iberianatureforum meeting

April 4th, 2008

For readers of this blog who are not also members of the forum I thought I’d quickly tell you about the upcoming first Iberianatureforum meeting in Grazalema from 12-17 April. About 20 people will be attending what we jokingly refer to as the “summit”. The meeting is being hosted by Clive and Sue who have put in a great deal of work so many thanks to them. They’ve organised hikes, bird tours and a trip to see the lynx breeding centre at Jerez Zoo accompanied by zoo curator Iñigo who is also a member of the forum. The next meetings are pencilled in for Picos de Europa in autumn and possibly Soria further in the future.