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Formentera rolls out pest control measures

control-de-moscards-1The Formentera Council's department of environment is unveiling its newest drive to keep numbers of mosquitos and lake flies under control in the ses Salines nature preserve. Operations are planned at a handful of fresh water points, generally preferred sites among pests depositing their larvae, at s'Estany Pudent, s'Estany des Peix and ses Salines d'en Marroig.

Crews stepped up fumigations during the initiative's first weeks in light of heavy rainfall at the start of the year which could potentially play a part in ballooning mosquito numbers. Three day-long efforts are scheduled for next week. Later in the season the operation will be repeated once a week, though the frequency can be increased and the application area expanded if operators determine it to be necessary.

Treatment plan
Crews are using the maximum dosage allowed by law as they spray a bio agent called Bacillus thuringiensis Israeliensis across parts of ses Salines. The idea is to achieve maximum ambient levels of the substance, a natural insecticide that works by acting directly on larvae growing in stagnant water.

Two operators oversee control measures, which involve special rucksacks that are filled with the insecticide and fitted with dusting equipment. Spraying the product in its pulverised state is seen as a more effective form of application. The effort is scheduled to continue through October.

Though the price tag initially placed on 2019 operations, €32,208, officials have already said they are prepared to increase this figure should inconvenciences associated with the mosquitos and lake flies persist.


May 10, 2019
Àrea de Comunicació
Formentera Council

Vehicle entry regulated from Monday May 13 at ses Salines nature reserve

peatge-control-entrada-illetes1The Formentera Council's mobility office reports that Monday, May 13, operators will begin regimenting vehicle access to the Parc Natural de ses Salines. Formentera residents can continue to park vehicles at the reserve all season long at no charge.

Non-residents, meanwhile, will be asked to pay €4 per car and €2 per mopeds. The price climbs to €5 and €3, respectively, between June 1 and July 15; and reaches its peak between July 16 and August 31 (€6 and €4). The amount will drop again in first half of September and once again from September 15-30 (€5/€3 and €4/€2, respectively).

Access is free for drivers with reduced mobility and those with electric vehicles as well as for walkers and cyclists. Drivers of hybrid vehicles are entitled to a 50% discount.

Controlled access to parking areas near Illetes beach will be in force until September 30. At car parks serving es Cavall d'en Borràs and Llevant beaches, attendants will be on duty from June 1 to September 15. The patrolled entry points will be open from 9.00am to 5.00pm in low season and 9.00am to 8.00pm in high season.

Prohibitions and vehicle restrictions
As part of an effort to foment sustainable forms of transport and safeguard the protected land, four-by-fours are expressly prohibited within the confines of the nature reserve. Plus, controlled access will be implemented for regular and discretional buses as a rush-hour traffic avoidance measure.

Oversized vehicles, such as lorries carrying products to nearby restaurants, are also restricted during peak visiting times.

May 10, 2019
Àrea de Comunicació
Formentera Council

Formentera hosts training course for guides of search and rescue dogs

foto-grup-curs-cans1Formentera's civil protection office is hosting a course dedicated to the human guides of search and rescue dogs. With the help of five volunteer dogs, 11 individuals from Protecció Civil, Policia Local de Formentera, the firefighting brigade and the municipal animal pound are specialising in canine-assisted rescue.

Two professionals from Spain's canine rescue unit are on the island to give both theory-based and hands-on instruction. The training is designed to prepare participants to work with dogs to locate imperilled individuals as part of emergency search and rescue operations.

The €2,900 initiative is funded by the CiF president's office.


May 9, 2019
Àrea de Comunicació
Formentera Council

Plastic-free Formentera

foto-conscienciacio---escoles1The Formentera Council's environment department is backing “Plàstics Fora” (No More Plastics), an educational programme that is piloted by the non-profit group Cleanwave and aimed at reducing people's consumption of single-use plastics.

Pupils in Sant Francesc and Sant Ferran took park in a series of eight workshops for children thanks to a €2,125 grant from the Council. Three privately-funded workshops were held in la Mola last November.

Workshop participants screen a video explaining the global problem of plastic and sit for a storytelling session exploring the subject. Children take a version of the story home with them to discuss the issue in family.

May 8, 2019
Àrea de Comunicació
Formentera Council

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