Farmland birds, which are a good indicator of environmental quality, pollution and life quality, are in decline partially due to intensification and specialization of agricultural production. Intensive agricultural methods have eliminated almost all natural vegetation associated with uncultivated areas such as boundaries between farms or small woodland islets, which are common in traditional agricultural landscapes. These vegetation shelters are essential for biodiversity conservation associated with these ecosystems.

Valdilecha quarry, currently in exploitation, is surrounded by an intensive agricultural environment. There are some unexploited areas of the quarry that are a great opportunity to improve habitats and increase provision of ecosystem services. To this aim, we propose planting native vegetation nuclei, fruit and seed producers, in surrounding areas of the quarry and in the cattle trail that crosses it. This action is designed to be implemented when the quarry is still active. The vegetation nuclei will not only encourage the presence of birds linked to agrarian environment, but also will increase local biodiversity by serving as a refuge and food source to other groups of fauna. Finally, they will serve as a source of propagules in a landscape where plant connectivity has been interrupted by the homogeneity of crop fields, thus increasing integration of the quarry with the environment.

Survival rate study in the plantation after summer

Last weekend we visited our study area to check the survival of the plantation. Summer is the biggest constraint to plant recruitment, thus it determines which plants will survive in this environment.

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Vegetation sampling in the seeding experiment has been done

Last days we have been sampling plant species composition and cover in our experimental seeding plots.

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Spring has come and Valdilecha Quarry is stunning! We take Flora and Birds census

Last weeks, we have been taking Flora and Birds census in the Valdilecha quarry.

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Seeding completed!

In the beginning of March, after a very rainy week, we got back to Valdilecha to establish our seeding experimental plots.

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Thank you!

With this video we want to pay tribute to the volunteers, without them this project would not be possible. Not only they did an excellent job and contributed to the biodiversity enhancement of the area, but also we all enjoyed a fantastic day together. Thanks!

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We have finished the plantation!

During the second weekend of planting, that took place the 24th and 25th of February, we finish with the other half of the plants. Again, thanks to the more than 20 volunteers that helped us with the hard task.

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First weekend of planting in Valdilecha quarry

Last weekend our team got down to work and we have already planted more than a half of the plants, thanks to the group of volunteers that offered to help in with project.

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Ready, set, go!...We start with our Quarry Life Award project!

We start planning the fieldwork by selecting areas to plant our farmland birds vegetation nuclei.

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