For the 26th successive spring, the Parc Natural de s’Albufera de Mallorca and TAIB (The Albufera International Biodiversity group) organized an International Scientific Camp in applied wetland ecology and capacity building for new researchers, running from 12th to 25th May.

The camp comprised TAIB scientists assisted by 6 volunteers undertaking a range of activities associated with conservation management of flora and fauna. Following introduction to the programme the Camp carried out a variety of long-term monitoring studies including moth trapping, transects for birds and for butterflies and dragonflies. At the same time, studies were made of the taxonomy and ecology of aculeate hymenoptera (bees, wasps and ants). Programmes of study were established for monitoring the population dynamics of pond terrapins and a preliminary investigation into the micro-mammals (shrews) of the Park. In addition, other areas of interest were incorporated including a workshop on the Communication, Education and Participation project (CEPA), sampling aquatic invertebrates to establish indices for water quality and a demonstration of bird ringing by local experts. The opportunity was taken to visit Ca’n Bauma, a finca at the edge of the Park where work is being done to re-constitute a traditional path – de Gatamoix – made by the Bateman workforce during the 19th century drainage of the marsh.

This international research and training course owed its success to the efforts of the volunteers, TAIB scientific team, the Parc Natural de s’Albufera de Mallorca and funding support from the Balearic Conselleria d’Agricultura, Medi Ambient i Territori.

Further detail of the activities carried out can be downloaded from the following link: 2014_Spring_summary