In 18 January 2019, in the framework of the project LIFE Andros Park, the local team visited the beach of Vori, in order to clean the beach of plastics and other marine debris, for the improvement of the habitat of the Mediterranean Monk Seal, the Mediterranean Shag and the Audouin’s Gull, as well as for the systematic recording of plastic and microplastic found at coasts of Andros island. Plastics and other waste debris of estimated weight of about 250 kg, were removed from the beach. Furthermore, sampling for the estimation of the quantities of plastic and microplastic at the beach carried out. The cleaning of selected beaches and recording of plastics and microplastics will continues throughout the project.
Researchers of MOm visited all the marine caves, shelters of the Mediterranean Monk Seal, at the project area in January. They checked the automated infrared cameras that have been installed and collected the necessary scientific data. The field work was carried out with the coordinated action of the MOm and the Municipality of Andros teams, for whose needs the Municipality's vessel "Calypso" was used. The important collected data are already being analysed, in order to be used for the completion of the report on the status of the Mediterranean Monk Seal’s habitat in the broader area of Andros Island.
On 9th of December, a meeting with residents and land owners was held in the area of Vori, in order to inform them on the activities that will take place at the riparian-alluvial alder forests found at Vori and Lefka, following the previous information meeting held in Arni in July. A detailed discussion and exchange of views, on how the planned interventions are going to be implemented - with the involvement of residents and local stakeholders - was carried out, in order to maximize the expected benefits and the positive impacts of the project.
Being either saprotrophs that decompose dead wood and leaf-litter, or mutualistic partners forming symbiotic relationships with alders, the fungi related to alders are important for the equilibrium of natural ecosystems, while they constitute a unique part of the biodiversity of this endangered habitat. In this thematic newsletter you are invited to follow the experts in their search and collection of mushrooms, that took place last month and learn interesting facts on the species they spotted. Newsletter
Project experts visited the priority habitats at Vori and Evroussies at 23-25/11/2018 for collecting mushrooms formed by ectomycorrhizal fungi of alder trees. Paxillus cf. rubicundulus mushrooms were located and collected at the stone-build bridge of Vourkoti. Suspensions containing mushroom fragments were prepared and applied to the roots of alder plantlets maintained at Agadaki Estate. The alder and their ectomycorrhizal fungi develop a very interesting symbiotic relationship, through which both parties benefit. The fungus facilitates the alder at absorbing nutrients from the soil, while in return, it receives organic compounds formed by the alder through photosynthesis.
A large number of different plant species were collected from various areas of Andros (23-25/11/2018 and 7-8/12/2018), including several endangered and rare taxa. All plants were transferred to the nursery located at Agadaki Estate where they will remain until their final transplanting in the Botanic Garden.
In October 14 and 15 (2018) two technical workshops took place in Korthi and Messaria on Andros island. The workshops focused at discussing with and informing stakeholders (restaurateurs, members of the fishing and tourism sectors) about fishing tourism and the development of a brand name aiming at the promotion of local products. An invited expert on coastal fishing and fishing tourism participated in the workshops by providing valuable information. Representatives of coastal fishermen shared their experiences, reported problems they are facing and expressed their opinions regarding the prospects of fishing tourism in Andros, as well as the importance of certifying their products.
The first newsletter of the project, including a short presentation of the project and its main outcomes during its first year, is out and available here.
Five cameras are currently monitoring the activity in the interior of Andros’ sea caves, used by Monk Seals for resting and pupping. At the beginning of the year, experts on Mediterranean Monk Seal conducted field expeditions to the resting and pupping sites of the species that are found within the project area. They examined thoroughly the sea caves and subsequently designed special cave camera traps, to be installed in them. A system that is already used at the Mediterranean Monk Seal colonies at the Madeira archipelago, in the framework of the project LIFE MADEIRA MONK SEAL, was selected and adapted to the conditions of Andros. The cave camera traps equipped with infrared cameras have been installed in five sea caves and are in operation since July. They are expected to…
On July 21st, with the valuable help of the Cultural Association of Arni, named "Evangelistria", an informative meeting was held at the association’s offices, where the two LIFE programs of Andros were presented to the local stakeholders. After the presentation followed an interesting debate, which clarified many questions from the interested parties and it was agreed that there should be continuous cooperation and information so that the maximum benefits for the local community and for the valuable natural environment of the island can be obtained. The meeting was attended by representatives of the two LIFE programs, the municipality of Andros and ELGO Demeter. We particularly thank Mr. Spyros Halas and the members of the association for the organization of the event and we promise to continue these lively discussions and…