Torrevieja Town Hall and ANSE (Association of Naturalists of the South East of Spain) have started restoring the sand dunes in the ‘Parque Molino del Agua’ (water mill park) and the dunes by Calle Mayor and other areas in La Mata.
Councillor Fanny Serrano said they want to restore biodiversity and landscapes to attract tourism and for environmental education activities.
Both organisations are removing invasive plant species and restoring native ones, some of them extinct in the are, like the prickly sampire (Echinophora spinosa – knonw in Spanish as the ‘maritime carrot’), Phoenecian juniper or large-fruited juniper. They are also working in different dune remnants and peripheral areas that have become isolated by buildings. Their activitiy is supported by the Ministry for the Environment.
Serrano explained they are removing species like the mimosa (acacia dealbata) or pigface (carprobrotus), which are very damaging to these ecosystems because they change the soil composition.
Then this morening they started to reinforce the dune system by planting species including dunar teucrium, sea holly (Eryngium maritimum), samphire (Crithmum maritimum), Lotus creticus, European beach grass (Ammophila arenaria), yellow hornpoppy (Glaucium flavum) and soiuuthern tea tree (Lycium intricatum), among many others.
Part of the planting is being done by volunteers so tha local people can get involved in restoring the coast. Also information panels are going to be installed so residents and tourists can find out about the characteristic species of the dunes and their importance, such as protecting the beaches.