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plovers kentish

Kentish Plovers
missed this last week!

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The Kentish plover, overwhelmed by mass tourism.

Wetlands Day was celebrated on 2 February; we talked about the importance and natural wealth of these ecosystems with Gustavo Tejera. He is an ornithologist and expert in the Kentish plover and also in the puffins that are appearing on the beach half dead. Then, finally, we managed to reproduce an interview of the master craftsman of the reed, Julián Rodríguez Rodríguez. 

Podcast Del Jable al Malpey. Part II (2023.01.31)

Presentation Marusa Hernández and Sofía Menéndez.

We interviewed Gustavo Tejera.-

February 2 is the day of the wetlands and if there is a bird linked to these ecosystems in Fuerteventura and Lanzarote it is the Kentish plover; to talk about this small winged person is the ornithologist counselor, Gustavo Tejera. He explains the importance of wetlands and the natural and ecological wealth they maintain that involves plants, crustaceans, fish, invertebrates and great biodiversity of birds. In addition, they create symbiosis with nearby areas, "they are magnificent places that must be preserved as it is, because they are also bioindicators of the health of the environment, water and soils," he adds. "In the Canary Islands there are not many wetlands, so the few we have are a privilege in coastal areas, – salt flats and salt marshes – and must be preserved," says Tejera.

We ask him about the puffins that are appearing on the coasts, and he warns us that it may be due to the storms that are happening in the north; "There are previous data of one or two specimens that had appeared on our coasts, but they were specific data, a rarity," he says. "However, what is happening this year is very strange; this arrival is very abundant, because only in the Canary Islands have been counted about 400 copies; Some arrive malnourished and without strength and die on the coast. They are very threatened birds from the north of the Arctic Circle area and it was normal to see them in the Bay of Biscay but that they reach so many south to the Canary Islands is a case that has scientists completely astonished".

On the censuses of seabirds carried out by SEO Bird Life Gustavo Tejera says that this year he has not been able to participate in them, but mass tourism along the coast is causing a real problem for marine species, "people walking everywhere and without surveillance in the most fragile places brings with it a deterioration for brutal nature, and prevents the nesting of the different species. There are places where they used to be quiet and there was no one, but now you find cars and people everywhere, as well as dogs and pets on the loose. All this leads to the population of the Kentish plover is decreasing drastically, "he warns.

"Right now," he adds, "he's starting to breed; They usually lay two or three eggs in a hole in the sand, but if the discomfort is continuous, they end up abandoning it."

"Another worrying fact is that if the chickens get ahead," says the ornithologist, "many of them die very young due to the subjugation they live on the beaches; very few adults arrive."

"There is a conservation plan that has been developed for the Government of the Canary Islands, although it is not yet approved, but it is very difficult to carry out because everyone wants to go to the beaches where these birds are raised, which are the wildest and most natural, as happens in the Dunes of Corralero; So there is no room for tranquility where this little bird nests."
.-Interview with Julián Rodríguez Rodríguez, artisan of the Junco, very old technique that was used in Fuerteventura and Lanzarote. This master of traditional craftsmanship taught six students to weave baskets and different gadgets at Raíz del Pueblo.
From Jable to Malpey he was in the final exhibition of his classes, his students had finished their baskets of this vegetable fiber.

The initiative, financed by the Government of the Canary Islands through the Memories of Our People project, the coordination of the Cultural Association Raíz del Pueblo and the collaboration of the Cabildo de Fuerteventura has been a total success and the places were finished practically the same day that the course was announced.

The works of the participants in the workshop were exhibited until a few days ago at the Casa Museo de la Cilla, in La Oliva.
"The rush is a very resistant material, with tremendous durability," says Rodríguez. He explains the amount of farming items that were formerly made with this vegetable and objects for the house, such as trunks and baskets for the kitchen. We are also struck by all the language and process that surrounds this ancient craft.

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A beautiful little bird, not suited by the 21st Century. Mass Tourism destroying the habitat of these sensitive birds. The writing is on the wall.
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