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ANSE places bats shelters, to contribute to the biological control of ricefield pests (31/07/2017)

The placement of the boxes is intended to support pest control in rice fields and pesky insects such as mosquitoes and is carried out in the context of the LIFE + Ripisilvanatura project co-financed by the EU.

The boxes have been constructed by the volunteers of a field of work.

As part of the activities of the "Road to the River" work camp organized by ANSE, which has been developed in part in the municipality of Calasparra, its 18 participants have built one hundred nest boxes for bats.

The initiative aims to encourage the establishment of bats in rice fields as an element of biological control of insects.

The activity is part of the LIFE + Ripisilvanatura Project (LIFE13 BIO / ES / 1407) and has the support and participation of ANSE, Calasparra City Council, the rice sector (Cooperativa Virgen de la Esperanza and Calasparra Flower Company) and Of the Segura Hydrographic Confederation.

In total, about 100 boxes of pine wood with two compartments will be placed, which will be distributed throughout the rice area of ​​Calasparra.

The boxes are being placed in places high enough (buildings, poles and trees) for the bats to find shelter.

These mammals, almost 20 species live in the Region of Murcia, act as biological controllers of pests as they feed on insects, some as annoying as mosquitoes living in the river and rice fields.

These species belong to the order of the Chiroptera: they are the only mammals able to fly actively and nocturnal habits (which avoids ecological competition with birds).

In addition, they have an echolocation system that allows them to locate their prey and fly in complete darkness.

The LIFE + Ripisilvanatura project, coordinated by the Hydrographic Confederation of Segura, has the participation, as collaborating partners, of the General Directorate for the Environment of the Community of Murcia, the University of Murcia, the municipalities of Calasparra and Cieza and the Association of Naturalists of the Southeast (ANSE) .

The field of work has the collaboration of the General Directorate of Youth of the Autonomous Community, the Municipalities of Murcia and Calasparra and La Caixa.

Source: ANSE

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