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Offline Matt

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« on: March 25, 2011, 15:19 PM »
Hi all just a wee update on our work in the Delta del Llobregat.

Monday 21 March was a very good day for the project as we signed an agreement with the park authorities and Viladecans council to use a reclaimed camp site in the park for our work. The space has amazing potential with several large swimming pools (two of which now hold water and fish already) plus a disused building which we intend to convert into a visitor centre with small laboratory, presentation suite, sleeping and cooking facilities. We have a little funding but now the real work starts as we'll need a fair bit of money to do everything we want.

Here are some pics of the space: http://www.flickr.com/photos/23351609@N07/5557863181/in/set-72157626346358526/

Here it is on Google Maps: http://maps.google.co.uk/maps?hl=en&q=Estany+del+Remolar,+Province+of+Barcelona,+Catalonia,+Spain&ie=UTF8&geocode=Fb_ndQIduZAfAA&split=0&sll=53.800651,-4.064941&sspn=6.881357,14.941406&hq=&hnear=Estany+del+Remolar&ll=41.278056,2.069153&spn=0.006225,0.016512&t=h&z=17


And here are various news stories about it - top one contains a video if you click the first image:

http://seiconservation.blogspot.com/

http://www.aj-viladecans.es/Plantilles/noticia/_JNJtGAWc42YBZgbhkNteA2uJkKDTjyP6ec974Ecb3hliotTLV3XFTw

http://www.acn.cat/acn/604601/Societat/audio/Viladecans-Delta-del-Llobregat-espais-naturals-espais-naturals-del-Delta-del-Llobregat-fartet-peixos-biodiversitat-peixet-del-Prat.html;jsessionid=B042C834781F6EB016D8338D80D2B526

http://www.vilaweb.cat/acn/ultima-hora/3863484/20110321/viladecans-aprofita-antigues-piscines-camping-criar-fartets-uns-peixets-delta-llobregat-amenacats.html
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« Reply #1 on: March 25, 2011, 20:23 PM »
Hi Matt, The place looks brilliant.  It's surprising to see the alcalde of Viladecans talking about conservation though.  Is he the same one who was pushing for the monster leisure centre with Barcelona FC just next to the Remolar?  (Then came the crisis and Rossell).

Anyway, congratulations!  What a great opportunity!

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« Reply #2 on: March 26, 2011, 13:16 PM »
Thanks for this update Matt and good to hear from you
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« Reply #3 on: April 01, 2011, 11:11 AM »
Thanks guys - you must let me know if you have any spring-time walks planned. :-) Also, if you ever want to come and see the space please let me know, you'd be more than welcome.

Lucy, I can't say too much but politics are certainly involved in the agreement we've managed to blag!

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« Reply #4 on: April 02, 2011, 23:13 PM »
excellent work Matt. Looks like an interesting location. Would the new centre have a permt for invert sampling? If so, I'd gladly come over to look at hoverflies and other Diptera/bees and wasps at the site.

Andy

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« Reply #5 on: April 07, 2011, 09:19 AM »
Hi Andy,

I'm sure that would be possible since we sample aquatic inverts regularly. I'll pm you my email address and feel free to get in touch.

Cheers

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« Reply #6 on: April 11, 2011, 10:08 AM »
For those using social networking sites we can now be found on both Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/pages/Sociedad-de-Estudios-Ictiol%C3%B3gicos-SEI/116156291797025) and Twitter (@soesic). Please come and show your support as we need to build a bit of international awareness prior to any funding application(s).

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« Reply #7 on: October 05, 2011, 18:37 PM »
Apologies for the recent dearth of updates in this thread, but there hasn't been too much to report on over the last few months since we're busy working on a new website for the project and have been waiting for the fish bred in the pools this year to mature a bit. Chuffed to say the latter went very well and we have several thousand healthy specimens which will be released into a lagoon we've been surveying for the last few years on Sunday October 16th. If anyone living in the Barcelona area fancies helping out on the day we are looking for volunteers!! You'll also receive a guided tour and talk in some parts of the Delta de Llobregat natural park normally off-limits to the public so should be a good day.

Please scroll down to the bottom of the following link, post in here or send me a private message for details. :)

http://www.deltallobregat.org/pdf/TardorDelta2011_Agenda.pdf

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« Reply #8 on: October 24, 2011, 10:12 AM »
Apologies for the delayed update. The day was a great success and Lucy also came down to join in! 3500 specimens was the final total and we think there are at least as many fish still in the breeding pools so very encouraging!

The story made the digital edition of  'La Vanguardia' on Monday morning: http://www.lavanguardia.com/vida/20111016/54231650726/liberan-3-500-fartets-en-el-delta-del-llobregat.html

....and here are some photos: http://www.flickr.com/photos/23351609@N07/sets/72157626346358526/with/6256384823/

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« Reply #9 on: October 26, 2011, 21:19 PM »
superb job matt. Judging by your flikr images you had a productive survey in southern spain aswell. Looks like some great looking streams and wetlands you visited.

Andy