The Department of the Environment of the Orihuela City Council and the Department of Agriculture, Climate Emergency and Ecological Transition have carried out a joint action to increase the protection of the micro-reserve of flora of La Glea forced by the deterioration it was suffering from the transit through its interior of people who were damaging the species, most of them protected. The joint action of both administrations in the Aguamarina area, In Orihuela Costa, to protect the micro-reserve, they have consisted of removing the fence at the end of Agua Street to prevent more people from passing through the interior and to preserve the threatened or vulnerable botanical species that exist in this valuable area.
In addition, information posts have been placed in which the risk of falling and the prohibition of passage are warned since it is a place of recovery of the vulnerable species Helianthemum head-felis Boiss; or jack-head jarilla, being the main Mediterranean reserve of this plant. “We have also repaired the perimeter wall with the placement of the iron that had been removed that facilitated access to this protected area,” explained yesterday the mayor of Environment, Damaso Aparicio. “People came to the end of the cliff and got in with dogs or to take a picture and step on the plants, many protected species,” lamented the mayor, who has asked for citizen collaboration to avoid traffic through the delimited areas.
The Ministry of Ecological Transition has had to restore the degraded strips of the micro-reserve of Punta de La Glea due to the passage of people, with the planting of species such as Rhamnus lyciodes, Salsola oppositifolia, launaea arborescens y Launaea lanífera, all of them in danger of extinction. From the City Council they warn that they will be very aware of the protection of this vulnerable flora and that any damage that occurs to it will be sanctioned. It is a unique natural space in the province.
The renovation of this natural area was carried out last June and comprises a kilometer and a half in length where a pedestrian path has been located, signposted and marked so as not to pass through areas that are not roads. However, some skip this prohibition and also dogs that are not leashed, as is mandatory.
The mayor of the Environment, on the other hand, has announced that work to remove invasive species (non-native) will also begin soon in this important micro-reserve as well as in other areas of the Oriolano coastline. These are species that take root in the micro-reserve after birds or the wind carry their seeds from the gardens of the nearby urbanizations on the Oriolana coast.
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