Action C.8

C.8. Improvement of the state of conservation of the priority habitats (7210*; 91E0*) in the SCI Parga-Ladra-Támoga.

Notably, within the Galician species included in the Natura 2000 Network the SCI Parga-Ladra-Támoga is the only non-costal site that has priority samples of the habitat 7210*.  The occupation of the habitat in the SCI does not surpass 2 ha, which is located around the damp system of the Ollos de Begonte

The action area corresponds to land acquired by the public administration on the basis of its strategic importance to the conservation of the hygrophilous habitats linked to the mouth of the Miño River. The human activity carried out in the periods before the land purchase of the Ollos de Begonte by the public administration caused topographic modification and the configuration of the soil for the establishment of forest plantings and agricultural use, which provoked the destruction of part of the habitats on the edge of the lagoon (91E0*), quartering the formations of Cladium mariscus (7210*) in stretches on the margin of aquatic environment.

These impacts were partially corrected between 2003 and 2006 by removing exotic species being harbored there, including Pinus radiata around the Pozo do Ollo

Now with TREMEDAL, restoration of these two priority habitats is being undertaken. The action takes place on the said growth of  Pinus radiata currently colonized by herbaceous meadow formations on one of the edges of the wetland  called Pozo do Ollo  with the type of representation priority habitat *7210.

Given the difference in elevation between the grassland and wetland, re-colonization is currently not possible, but the height difference is reduced to encourage natural peat bog recovery in the area.

Adjacent to the calcareous bog, within the ancient forest plantation, forest habitats will be strengthened through recruitment of native plant species with local provenance of the following species: Betula pubescens, Alnus glutinosa and Fraxinus angustifolia.

The removal of a utility located in Ollo Pequeno, found abandoned and very run down since the late twentieth century is also planned. Associated with it is also a canal that is modified so that the original design of the basin will recover, leading to greater stability in retaining water intake.