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Plants that save dunes – Information


Some of the volunteers who planted yesterday in the Torrevieja dune system.  joaquín carrión |  JOAQUÍN CARRIÓN

Some of the volunteers who planted yesterday in the Torrevieja dune system. joaquín carrión | JOAQUÍN CARRIÓN

Marine junipers to recover the dunes of Torrevieja. The dune system that La Mata beach has is one of the most spectacular in the province, but it is very fragile. Human pressure ends, on many occasions, with its rich vegetation, typical of an almost desert landscape. To recover it, yesterday about 300 specimens of plants typical of the coastal dune system were planted, but especially one species, the marine juniper.

The Councilor for the Environment of the Torrevieja City Council, Antonio Vidal, together with members of the Association of Southeast Naturalists (ANSE), carried out the planting of 60 marine junipers (Juniperus macrocarpa), a species protected by Valencian law with very few natural populations, in the Municipal Natural Park of the Molino del Agua Park. These specimens of marine junipers were provided by the Viveros del Saler of the Valencia City Council, after the procedures managed by the Department of the Environment. But other species provided by ANSE, typical of the dune system, were also planted, among which the juniper of the dunes (Juniperus turbinata) stands out.

Two naturalists plant a specimen in the area of ​​Molino del Agua de La Mata. joaquín carrión


Vidal explained that these repopulation works in natural areas of Torrevieja are part of the recovery of species of flora that disappeared in the southern coast of the province of Alicante, and has the support of the Ministry of the Environment through its technical services of flora. Some actions that are contemplated in the agreement for Repopulation Activities, Wildlife Conservation and Volunteering, signed between Naturgreen and ANSE.

The Molino del Agua Park, located next to the beach of La Mata, with more than 17 hectares of surface, is not only a very valuable place for the wonderful dunes that run through it, but also because it acts as a coastal corridor between two important areas humid such as the Salinas de Santa Pola and the Lagunas de Torrevieja and La Mata.

The coastal dune system extends next to the beach of La Mata.


Given the conditions of the place, you cannot find many animal species, although it does have different types of insects, mollusks, the occasional red-tailed lizard, a wide variety of birds, such as curlews, cogujadas and totovia, as well as field mice. , shrews and various species of bats. However, this dune system was used last May as a nesting area for several specimens of Chorlitejo Patinegro, who found here the most peaceful place to give birth to their offspring.

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