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Plant Sociology 54 (2) S1 2017

pag. 119-123: The LIFE Nature and Biodiversity project “WetFlyAmphibia” - Conservation of amphibians and butterflies of open wet areas and their habitats at the Foreste Casentinesi National Park (Italy)

T. Abeli1, D. Alberti2, M. Miozzo3, F. Buldrini4, S. Biondini5, G. Rossi1

1Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of Pavia, Pavia, Italy.

2Foreste Casentinesi, Monte Falterona, Campigna National Park, Pratovecchio, Italy.

3D.R.E.Am. Pratovecchio, Italy.

4Department of Biological, Geological and Environmental Sciences, University of Bologna, Bologna, Italy.

5Centro Nazionale Carabinieri Biodiversità of Pieve Santo Stefano, Pieve S. Stefano, Italy.

doi: 10.7338/pls2017542S1/12

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abstract

The LIFE project “Conservation of amphibians and butterflies of open wet areas and their habitats at the Foreste Casentinesi National Park” aims at improving the conservation status of three endangered amphibia (Bombina pachypus, Salamandrina perspicillata and Triturus carnifex) and two butterflies (Euplagia quadripunctaria and Eriogaster catax) of EC interest, inhabiting open wet areas. The project consists of different actions in 156 planned areas. Actions includes restoration of existing wetlands, creation of new wetlands, removal of trees and shrubs and the reintroduction of B. pachypus and S. perspicillata in some sites. The restoration of wetland habitats includes the creation of patches of the EC habitat interest H6430 Hydrophilous tall herb fringe communities of plains and of the montane to alpine levels. The project started in 2015 and has a duration of 6 years. Here the challenge represented by different ecological requirements of target animals and plants is described as well as the solutions found to achieve the project aims.

keywords

amphibia reintroduction, endangered butterflies, EC H6430 habitat, habitat restoration, priority species, wetlands