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New bird project in Santa Cruz’s Palmetum 

Santa Cruz council, in collaboration with the conservation organisation SEO / BirdLife, has undertaken a programme to reinforce the knowledge and protection of the birdlife of the Palmetum.

The initiative is entitled ‘Birds of the Palmetum. Discover them and protect them ‘and offers different informative materials in three languages.

The launch of this initiative, presented by the Mayor, José Manuel Bermúdez, and the seventh deputy mayor and councillor for the environment, Carlos Correa, had the presence of a group of school children from CEIP García Escámez. The event also served to publicise the dis-tinction awarded to Palmetum as the best national project for public gardening, the Alhambra Prize, collected by the fourth deputy mayor and councillor for public services, Dámaso Arteaga.

“The Palmetum is a bo-tanical garden that not only has the most outstanding collec-tion of palm trees in Europe, but also forms an ecosystem where birds are also important,” said the Mayor. “We have some 60 birds that pass through the Palmetum, or that nest here, and we want to make it known with this informative action with an organisation such as SEO / BirdLife, which is an ally of Santa Cruz,” he added.

Sr. Correa valued the project as “a clear example of sus-tainability, where a mountain of garbage has been trans-formed into the most spec-tacular botanical garden in the Canary Islands, also converted into the house of many birds.”

Among the supports that support this informative campaign is a brochure, in triptych format, so that visitors can learn and better identify the most common species that have set their habitat in the Santa Cruz botanical garden.

The publication has an initial circulation of 4,000 copies, by the aforementioned Spanish Ornithological Society (SEO / Birdlife), illustrated with photographs and drawings of each bird.

The triptych is written in three languages (Spanish, English and German.

It includes advice to contribute to its conservation, with a series of recommen-dations such as not walking with loose dogs that can chase the birds that breed or rest inside the botanical garden.

Another of the points that affects is to be respectful to leave traces of garbage or waste, as this circumstance favors the proliferation of potential predators of birds such as rats or cats.