M.C. Contreras. For the first time this summer season, the first flamingos are being seen in the Sevillian town of Gerena, specifically in the water raft of the Cobre Las Cruces mine.
This site It is considered the ideal place to take a short break on his migration route. These birds need large areas of shallow water, where they feed on algae and small crustaceans.
It is not the only inhabitant of this unique habitat, since various species of migratory birds They make scale in the raft, and others inhabit it permanently.
As the mining company points out, preserve the natural environment and protect biodiversity It is a responsibility that is at the center of the commitment assumed by Cobre Las Cruces with its surroundings.
Within the mining complex itself and in its surroundings live species of great ecological, social and cultural importance. "That is why they must be conserved as part of our heritage, which entails the responsibility of all the members of the Las Cruces project ”, indicates the company on its official website.
Traditional use. The environment It is an area of traditional agricultural use of dry land, area of special importance for the development and growth of populations of steppe birds, such as the bustard and the common sison, among others. These species They are of great ecological relevance, since many of them are registered in the Andalusian Catalog of Endangered Species.
The growing human population in the area, the change in land uses (crop intensification, elimination of cereal crops, changes in agricultural practices, etc.) pose a risk by eliminating or altering the natural habitats of these species. Therefore, Las Cruces develop conservation plans to contribute to preserve the flora and fauna of the environment.
These plans incorporate the application of preventive measures to eliminate or mitigate the unfavorable factors that affect these species. Thus, a control and monitoring of the native fauna is carried out, in which the leper galapago stands out, which lives in the Garnacha and Molinos streams, and birds such as the bustard or the kestrel primilla.
In addition, “we work continuously with a program of compensatory measures that includes the performance of agri-environmental actions following a protocol of management and management of crops in accordance with the biological and habitat needs of these birds, with an occupation of 360 hectares, contributing in this way to the preservation of the birdlife ”, concludes the mining company.