In Iberus Medio Ambiente, we dedicate part of the benefits, obtained from our corporate action, to the implementation of nature conservation projects. Thus, when you hire our services, you are contributing directly to these projects.
HOUSES OF LIFE
Adapting and restoring of abandoned buildings for birds
This project began in 2000. Conservation organizations in cooperation with governments and private companies have been carrying out actions in favor of a globally threatened group of fauna: birds linked to humanized environments.
For nesting, these birds use holes in the walls and buildings.
Among the most outstanding of them, we can mention the European Owl, Barn Owl, European Roller, Kestrel and Lesser Kestrel. They are all included in the “Red Book of Vertebrates in Andalusia”, with different levels of threat.
The project purpose species are the Lesser Kestrel (Falco naumanni), European Roller (Coracias garrulus), Kestrel (Falco tinnunculus), European Owl (Athene noctua), Barn Owl (Tyto alba), Pallid Swift (Apus pallidus), Swift (Apus apus) and different bat species.
The priority is to act in rural areas to connect isolated populations. This initiative goes about using the disused rural constructions for nest building. This will help breed, and these species will have shelter. However, we do not dismiss the possibility of construction of new buildings in modifiable areas due to the collapse of the original breeding area.
POWER LINES IN THE SPOTLIGHT
Detention project for power lines which are dangerous for birds
According to the data obtained from the Ministry of the Environment, about 25,000 birds die each year due to power line accidents. This is one of the main causes of unnatural death.
This figure is as alarming as real. In just one exploratory year, trying to identify this problem, we have found about 1800 dead or injured birds due to this issue. This means a decline of their populations and, if the worst comes to the worst, a decline of the endangered species. For this, we are making a big effort in the setting up of the conservation plans. The extinction of these species would mean an imbalance of the ecosystems.
That is why we collaborate with the project “Pon un tendido en tu punto de mira” (“Power lines in the spotlight”). A project of the Iberian Society for the Study and Conservation of Ecosystems (SIECE from its Spanish initials), whose purpose is to detect the most dangerous power lines for birds. They also plan to send the information to electricity companies and power lines owners. They do this for the sole purpose of establishing measures to ensure the survival of species and prevent further accidents.
More information: www.siece.org/pon-un-tendido-en-tu-punto-de-mira
WHITE STORK RINGING.
Project to Marking and Monitoring of White Stork Population in Jaén.
In collaboration with the Scientific Banding Group Erithacus Sur, the Iberian Society for the Study and Conservation of Ecosystems (SIECE) and different administrations, IBERUS MEDIO AMBIENTE S.L.U. participates in a campaign of marking and tracking of white storks in the province of Jaén.
This campaign is carried out in a totally altruistic way and without economic support through our volunteers and of qualified personnel belonging to the different entities.
With the banding of their chickens, it is sought to gather relevant information such as the pattern of distribution of the species, dispersive and migratory movements, biometric measures, reproductive parameters and other data of interest that will give us knowledge about a species that in ten years has Almost tripling its population in our province.
The objective is to know the status of their populations in our province, in order to be able to apply conservation measures.
RESTOCKINGS OF RABBITS IN AREAS WHERE THE IBERIAN LYNX IS PRESENT
Improvement of wild rabbit population project in lynx areas
The Wild Rabbit ("Oryctolagus cuniculus") is a keystone species in the Mediterranean ecosystem. The strong scourge of diseases such as myxomatosis, and to a larger extent, the Rabbit haemorrhagic disease (RHD) has caused a nosedive of this species in certain areas of Sierra Morena.
The wild rabbit is the basis of the diet of the Iberian Lynx and other large predators like the Iberian imperial eagle or the Bonelli’s eagle. This rabbit is known as the "engineer of ecosystems" due to its capacity to build the basis of the diet of great part of medium and large predators of the Mediterranean ecosystem.
From Iberus Medio Ambiente S.L.U., we allocate a percentage of the profits of the ecotourism section to cover the expenses resulting from the restocking of the wild rabbit in these areas. We do this with in order to settle different areas for the Iberian Lynx and other species such as the aforementioned.
Every time you hire one of our touristic services for the observation of the Iberian lynx, you are contributing directly to its conservation.