By John Smith • 16 February 2021 • 16:07
The Spur-thighed tortoise needs protection
Credit: Balearic Government
AS part of the Forestry Recovery Plan, the Balearic Government will inject €546,300 into the ARES project over the next five years.
This work is aimed at the conservation of amphibians and reptiles in the Balearics with special emphasis on five species, three of which are endemic to the archipelago: the Majorcan midwife toad (Alytes muletensis), Lilford’s wall lizard (Podarcis lilfordi) and Ibiza wall lizard (Podarcis pityusensis).
The other two species are the Balearic green toad (Bufotes balearicus) and the Spur-thighed tortoise (Testudo graeca).
The midwife toad was believed to be extinct but the first living example was found on Mallorca in 1980 and thanks to conservation activity is beginning to thrive but remains under threat from introduced species.
Funds for this project are available through the Sustainable Tourism Tax (ITS) and much will be done to protect these five groups from invasive species as well as encouraging their population growth.
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Married to Ophelia in Gibraltar in 1978, John has spent much of his life travelling on security print and minting business and visited every continent except Antarctica.
Having retired several years ago, the couple moved to their house in Estepona and John became a regular news writer for the EWN Media Group taking particular interest in Finance, Gibraltar and Costa del Sol Social Scene.
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