Volunteer Day of elimination of the African daisy in the recreational area of Arnao – Castropol

Yesterday in the recreation area and car park at Arnao beach in Castropol, four bags of the South African invasive plant Arctotheca calendula, also known as African daisy, were removed. This plant was introduced as an ornamental in our gardens and is now well adapted to the Cantabrian coastal climate. It is very common to find it on land heavily trodden by car tyres in car parks near beaches, as its seeds can be transported by shoes and tyres.

In this area the invasion is still at an embryonic stage and the volunteer day has served to remove almost all of the adult individuals and seeds present on the ground. This is not the first time that intervention has been carried out on the African daisy in Arnao. On 11 June 2020, LIFE Fluvial carried out another volunteer day, however, a second intervention was necessary to remove the plants that were born from the seeds of the previous year that were present in the soil.

The day was made possible thanks to the commitment of Castropol town council to the restoration objectives of the Atlantic river corridors of the LIFE Fluvial project, as well as the collaboration of InterEo, Indurot and Cogersa.

We would like to thank all the volunteers for their meticulous work, without you it would not have been possible to carry out this invasive control action so effectively.

Thank you from the whole LIFE Fluvial team.


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