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Community News safety steps. These animals had their last nests in North Africa and are moving to the Spanish coast due to climate change, in the search of cooler waters. In recent years, nesting events have been recorded in Almeria at Vera and Pulpí and, as the females tend to lay their eggs in their birthplace, the Serbal project is extended along the Almerían coast, with Mojácar regarded as a very possible nesting site.

Mojácar Prepares for the Possible Nesting of Loggerhead Turtles on its Beaches The Caretta Project recently came to Mojácar whose beaches could become a nesting place for these gentle sea turtles. The Project is a division of the SERBAL Association and Almeria Biodiversity involved in study and recovery work, with the aim to raising awareness and ensuring safe nests along Almería’s coast. The loggerhead (caretta) turtle is a threatened species and although it has had its home throughout the Mediterranean in the past, was not on our beaches for over 150 years. Through DNA, these amazing creatures retain in their genetic memory the place where their ancestors were born and their return is excellent environmental news for the province’s coast. In order to raise awareness of the importance of the return of these turtles the Caretta Project held a session recently on the town’s Provençal beach. This educational, fun workshop included information on conservation and protection with all participants receiving a notebook that included advice on what to do in the case of a sighting. In this SERBAL protection initiative, which attempts to quickly observe a turtle’s presence and nest, everyone connected in some way with the beaches has been involved, be they lifeguards, maintenance and cleaning staff, restaurateurs and tourism companies. Also included, is an important team of local environmental volunteers who are on guard for dealing with first attention and taking the necessary

News from PAWS / PATAS The PAWS-PATAS shelter is constantly in need of repairs such as welding gates, repairing fences, mending the washing machines, unblocking drains or fixing the electrics. However, with limited funds we can only take “baby steps” says Chrissie Cremore. Obviously this can be extremely frustrating but with generous donations and assistance we try and keep the premises clean, comfortable and safe for our cats and dogs and the wonderful volunteers who come and help us. This particular large kennel block was in a terrible condition. The kennels were not easy to clean and indeed flooded when we had the storm last October. A huge thank you to Ann and Brad Swift who over time raised enough money from their “Art Exhibition Weekends” in Mojácar and their annual New Year Swim to allow us to build 5* accommodation for several dogs. We have two more kennels which badly need renovating before the winter arrives. Without our fundraising outlets in Mojácar, Turre and Las Buganvillas we would not survive and the income generated keeps the big wheel turning. For more information please visit our website: www.paws-patas.org or email: info@paws-patas.org

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The Almería Focus - September 2019  

The Almeria Focus is a local directory and magazine distributed monthly in the Almeria province of southeast Spain.

The Almería Focus - September 2019  

The Almeria Focus is a local directory and magazine distributed monthly in the Almeria province of southeast Spain.

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