Our Followers are full! In this case Juan de Salas, Follower in Madrid proposed us a few weeks ago to work on the TRAP EFFECTS on amphibians, reptiles and even small mammals.
What are the trap effects? How to act to help the fauna they affect, Juan tells us.
We started this line of work from LIFE Followers in Madrid with a lot of illusion and desire to contribute to the conservation of the Natura 2000 fauna that so much enriches our Iberian nature. Our aim is to address the problem of Trap Effects within the Natura 2000 Network but…
What are trap effects?
Any artificial structure into which fauna can fall in search of water or humidity and from which they will not be able to get out later, for example, disused hydraulic rafts, abandoned swimming pools, wells, cisterns, abandoned irrigation channels, ruined basements…
Abandoned pools are one of the typical places to find trapped fauna –> TRAP EFFECT
The human progresses and leaves behind an unforgivable trail that generates a practically invisible and unknown problem. Most of these deadly traps were formerly used to store water for agriculture, others are abandoned leisure structures such as ruins or swimming pools. The animals fall into them mainly in hot and dry seasons, attracted by the water already stored by their former use or by that generated by the rains.
Culebra de cogulla (Macroprotodon brevis), Culebra viperina (Natrix maura), Culebra de collar mediterránea juvenil (Natrix astreptophora) y tritón jaspeado (Triturus marmoratus) rescued.
On rare occasions, depending on the type of effect, some animals can live moderately well for a short period of time, if the conditions are right, having light, soil, water, food… But it all ends, among many other things, when the water evaporates or it rains abundantly.
In addition, within some of these effects, in hot seasons, temperatures increase in an exaggerated way due to the inexistence of air currents, which generates massive deaths. Other times, enclosed animals are more exposed to predators, such as some birds of prey.
What do we do?
We have rescued many different specimens, from amphibians and reptiles to mammals and invertebrates, just as we have found many corpses of individuals who have died of starvation or drowning.
Our objective is to locate the trap effects so that, in the future, we can act on them either by repairing them, creating ramps or covering them, or by checking them on a regular basis if this is not possible.
Our methodology will be to locate the trap effects, inform the people in charge of the natural areas about the project, monitor and take data and finally, direct action!
Juan is a volunteer in Madrid of the LIFE Followers project for young Europeans through the Natura 2000 Network in which hundreds of young people learn to work for the conservation of the environment, fight against climate change and gain personal and professional experience that will serve as a bridge between their studies and the labour market.