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29/10/2014

The Groane Park ecological network: first findings

With the end of summer the monitoring of flora and fauna in the wetlands of the Groane Park ended as well. The findings have been presented to the public on October 28th, 2014 at the Park’s headquarters.

 

  • THE IMPORTANCE OF FRESHWATER

The surveys confirmed the importance of freshwater as a distinctive feature of the Groane Park, since it does not come from outside but it is only present inside ponds with clay bottoms not allowing its dispersion into the ground. This isolation from the outside world maintains its purity and, consequently, allows the hosting of as many as 70% of the total number of species present inside the Park. 

 

  • A KEY KNOT OF THE REGIONAL ECOLOGICAL NETWORK

The richness in priority species that characterises the Park has been confirmed: it hosts 6 endemic species (like the beautiful Utricolaria australis), 13 species protected under the Birds Directive (such as the kingfisher) and 18 species protected under the Habitat Directive (such as the Italian frog). Hosting native habitats and species, the Groane Park has been confirmed as a fundamental knot of the Lombardy Regional Ecological Network. 

 

  • THE ARRIVE OF ALIEN SPECIES

Unfortunately, the surveys showed the presence of alien species within the boundaries of the Park, which until now had resisted this invasion thanks to the good insulation of its wetlands. It appeared the infamous Louisiana shrimp, as well as the water lily garden. 

 

  • NEXT STEPS OF THE PROJECT

From January 2015 the works of strengthening the ecological network of wetlands of the Park are going to start, which will ease genetic exchanges among different populations of amphibians and, therefore, strengthen the species themselves. Existing wetlands are going to be maintained and new ones are going to be made. Moreover, underpasses for amphibians will be built in order to allow the crossing of busy roads running through the Park.