Tag: Natural Park

Enjoy music in the park

 
Councillor for the environment in Torrevieja, Fanny Serrano, has organised a
classical music concert to take place on the 28 th July in the natural park. The
orchestra will play in the zone known as La Pinada del Parque Natural and is
part of a new initiative to get the town’s people to use its natural, open spaces
more and recognise its value.
The music will be provided by Torrevieja’s International Symphonic Orchestra
and the idea came from seeing the impact of a previous concert performed
there; ‘Habaneras en el Parque’. ‘It will be a unique concert,’ explained the
councillor, ‘set in the heart of this natural area.’ The music played will include
well-known pieces from the classical repertoire.
The audience for the concert will be limited to 100 people and you must
collect your invitation from either the Visitors’ reception centre at the park or
from Agamed. It will take place at 10.30pm, a time picked in order that
participants can watch the sunset too.
Paco Martínez is director of the park and considers that an event of this type
is completely compatible with the park’s environment and that it will not
disturb the animals. ‘It will be a harmonious and a soft sound. The animals are
used to much louder noises,’ he explained during the press conference. ‘We
want people to link culture with nature, our goal is that people value the park
more highly.’
Agamed water company are patrons of the Symphonic Orchestra and are
delighted to be involved with the plans. They are very happy with the proposal
as are the members of the orchestra too.
The concert is planned during an important year for the park which is currently
celebrating its 20 th anniversary. ‘It’s a good present for the park,’ said
Councillor Serrano, ‘and for nature lovers.’

Salt tours in Torrevieja

 
On the 3 rd and the 10 th August there will be the first pilot tours of the salt works
in Torrevieja. The councillor for the environment, Fanny Serrano, presented
the proposals with the Director of the Grupo Salins, Emilio Díaz Caneja.
Alongside the tour there will be the opportunity to purchase some products
including bags of salt that are linked to the Parque Natural de La Mata-
Torrevieja.
The tour will include information about how salt is produced in Torrevieja and
includes the marketing of the fine sea salt which is used on the table and the
courser salt that is used for cooking. The design on the packets includes a
picture of the salt mountains and the logo of the Parque Natural.
The intention is to clearly display the link between Torrevieja and the products
as well as the natural park lands and lakes in the area. The salt products will
be displayed and sold in a number of outlets including a number of shops in
Torrevieja.
The production of these items has been taking place at the same time as the
salt company has been developing the idea of guided tours over the past
three years. Finally, the plans are coming to fruition with the trial tours this
August. Councillor Serrano explained; ‘The pilot will take place with two
guided visits in a bus to the salt works in order to demonstrate the process of
salt extraction.’
The bus will leave at 10am from the bus station at the Eras de la Sal and
those who are interested in taking part can register at
visitatorrevieja@salins.com leaving your full name, identity number and a
telephone contact. If you haven’t electronic means of registering then you can
register at the Tourist Office on the Paseo de Vista Alegre in town from
Monday to Friday from 9am until 8pm and on Saturday from 10am until 2pm.
These pilot visits are free.
Díaz hopes to finalise this project in the spring of 2018 and make the visits a
regular part of the salt work schedule. The trial tours on the 3 rd and the 10 th are
to test out what works well and what they need to change. When the visits are
firmed up then they will be conducted using the tourist train. It is expected that
the visits will include a stop at the salt lake and the salt mountains in order to
take in the view. Visitors will also then be able to visit the Centro de
Interpretación de la Industria Salinera where there is a little museum and a
shop dedicated to salt.
The salt company also owns a salt works in France where they operate a
similar tour. It is anticipated that Councillor Serrano might visit this too in order
to see how it works there and see what might be applied equally well in
Torrevieja.
Salt tours in Torrevieja
On the 3 rd and the 10 th August there will be the first pilot tours of the salt works
in Torrevieja. The councillor for the environment, Fanny Serrano, presented
the proposals with the Director of the Grupo Salins, Emilio Díaz Caneja.
Alongside the tour there will be the opportunity to purchase some products
including bags of salt that are linked to the Parque Natural de La Mata-
Torrevieja.
The tour will include information about how salt is produced in Torrevieja and
includes the marketing of the fine sea salt which is used on the table and the
courser salt that is used for cooking. The design on the packets includes a
picture of the salt mountains and the logo of the Parque Natural.
The intention is to clearly display the link between Torrevieja and the products
as well as the natural park lands and lakes in the area. The salt products will
be displayed and sold in a number of outlets including a number of shops in
Torrevieja.
The production of these items has been taking place at the same time as the
salt company has been developing the idea of guided tours over the past
three years. Finally, the plans are coming to fruition with the trial tours this
August. Councillor Serrano explained; ‘The pilot will take place with two
guided visits in a bus to the salt works in order to demonstrate the process of
salt extraction.’
The bus will leave at 10am from the bus station at the Eras de la Sal and
those who are interested in taking part can register at
visitatorrevieja@salins.com leaving your full name, identity number and a
telephone contact. If you haven’t electronic means of registering then you can
register at the Tourist Office on the Paseo de Vista Alegre in town from
Monday to Friday from 9am until 8pm and on Saturday from 10am until 2pm.
These pilot visits are free.
Díaz hopes to finalise this project in the spring of 2018 and make the visits a
regular part of the salt work schedule. The trial tours on the 3 rd and the 10 th are
to test out what works well and what they need to change. When the visits are
firmed up then they will be conducted using the tourist train. It is expected that
the visits will include a stop at the salt lake and the salt mountains in order to
take in the view. Visitors will also then be able to visit the Centro de
Interpretación de la Industria Salinera where there is a little museum and a
shop dedicated to salt.
The salt company also owns a salt works in France where they operate a
similar tour. It is anticipated that Councillor Serrano might visit this too in order
to see how it works there and see what might be applied equally well in
Torrevieja.

Finding out about the fartet

Park volunteers continue conservation

On Thursday 10th November the natural park volunteers were asked if they would like to take part in the release of a number of Fartet (toothcarp) fish that have been bred in the visitors’ centre. This species of fish is in danger of extinction and it is hoped that the introduction of the fish into the Laguna at Torrevieja will help their long term chance of survival.
Those taking part met at 10.30am at the information centre in Parque la Mata where a short explanation of the project was given and the group then set off to the Rambla La Fayona where the release was to take place.
Crystal East, a park volunteer, was impressed by the combination of talk and action. Not only was the event about informing people of the Fartet’s predicament but also raising awareness of what is being done to halt the gradual disappearance of this little fish.
‘It was excellent,’ explains Crystal. ‘After a fascinating presentation about the Fartet and the problems they face we were taken to the Rambla de Fayona which is where the sea goes into the salt lake. This is on private land so we were very privileged to be there.’
The water was tested for salinity before the fish could be introduced. After the saline was reduced, the ten volunteers were each given a bag into which they put one of the Fartets. ‘These were then placed one by one into the Rambla,’ says Crystal. ‘We hope that they will now breed and produce many more.’
The park is very much about regeneration and education. One of the current schemes includes cutting down some overlapping trees to enable regeneration to take place. The volunteers have been making new signs to restrict access to the areas that are out of bounds at present because of this initiative.
Next events
This year it is the twentieth anniversary of the natural park of La Mata-Torrevieja and a number of events have been organised to celebrate the fact. The next date that the volunteers would like to draw your attention to is on the 23rd November when nest boxes will be erected in different parts of the Park.
The hope is that the new boxes will attract and help retain the Carbonero (Great Tits) which feed on the processionary caterpillar. This caterpillar is a  pest that can prove fatal to dogs and other pets. The nest boxes will be observed closely over the next few years to check on trends and use.
The Park exhibition is an ongoing attraction that it is hoped people will visit. The exhibition is called ‘Natural Architecture’ and includes models of birds nests, the real versions of whichcan be seen in the park. The exhibition is open from November 11th until December 11th.
The volunteers who help in the park are always looking for new members. If you think you might be able to join them and help maintain one of Torrevieja’s most attractive features then please contact the volunteer group on lamatavols@gmail.com
Suzanne O’Connell

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