Thursday, May 19

Cleaning machinery devastates the plover habitat on the protected beach of Moncayo de Guardamar, according to AHSA

Last June 9, in the course of a census of this species, carried out on the southern beaches of the municipality of Guardamar del Segura, within the framework of the census protocol established in the plover plover monitoring program in the Valencian Community , a member of this environmental group detected that the entire Moncayo beach had been razed by the passage of a cleaning machine, right up to the edge of the dune. The plover inhabits the areas closest to the dune system and nests directly on the sand.

Moncayo beach is protected in the Territorial Action Plan for Green Infrastructures of the Litoral


AHSA states that the uThe use of heavy machinery for beach cleaning is considered one of the causes “of the disappearance of the species on our coasts”, since it destroys the nests that the plover plover installs on the sand, as well as by the burial of the invertebrates that serve as food. These tasks are limited to the beaches classified as natural, such as the Moncayo beach, in the Territorial Action Plan for the Green Coast of the Valencian Community (PATIVEL).

Amigos de los Humedales has put the facts in knowledge of the autonomous administration, by means of a letter, it has also addressed the City Council of Guardamar del Segura, warning of the serious impact that the use of this type of machinery has on the entire surface of the beaches, at the same time that it requests that the work cleaning carried out on the beaches comply with the provisions of the legislation.

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AHSA regrets the change in attitude of the Guardamar City Council regarding the methodology of cleaning the beaches of the municipality maintained until now, which has made it possible that a population of plover plover has survived of around twenty pairs and is the main coastal enclave for the species in the south of Alicante. The company that carries out the beach cleaning is a public firm that belongs to the municipality itself, GesnetTherefore, from a management point of view, it is the government team that can resolve the conservationists’ claim directly.

The spokesman for the environmental group, Sergio Arroyo, warns of the serious situation of the species in the province of Alicante, where since 2013 it has lost more than half of its breeding population, warns that the forecasts for this year are very worrying and claims responsibility to public administrations in compliance with legislation and in the conservation of biodiversity.

For example, in neighboring Torrevieja, for the second consecutive year, one of its few stretches of beach with a dune system next to the Molino del Agua municipal natural park, La Mata, has been fitted with specific signs to preserve this population of birds and their nests, in addition to giving instructions to cleaning workers when acting in the area.

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