Red Eléctrica de España’s Manager of East Regional Office, Maite Vela, visited the Generalitat’s Fauna Recovery Centre (Centro de Recuperación de Fauna), “La Granja del Saler”, to which the company donated two incubators to raise birds in captivity.
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During the visit, Vela witnessed first-hand how the incubators function to breed species classified as in danger of extinction in captivity. Red Eléctrica furnished this technical equipment under the framework agreement signed in 2011 with the Generalitat Valenciana (Valencia’s regional government) to preserve biodiversity; the agreement includes several projects that comprise a portion of the company’s natural habitat conservation strategy.
As part of the agreement, a new incubator was recently installed to raise white-headed ducks, a species whose population has declined in recent years and is currently only present in Europe in Spain—mainly in Doñana National Park (in Huelva) and El Hondo de Elche National Park (in Valencia’s Albufera)—southern Italy and Greece.
The centre is already equipped with an incubator for poultry, also donated by Red Eléctrica de España which, in 2016, facilitated the birth of 135 specimens of lesser kestrels.
In addition, for many years Red Eléctrica has collaborated to reintroduce lesser kestrels in the inland area of the Community of Valencia by installing nest-boxes for breeding in the wild in Ayora and Salinas, and providing supports for bird nests. Thus far in 2017, 24 units of these nest-boxes have been provided for installation in ZEPA (Special Protection Areas for Birds) zones for the reintroduction of steppe birds.
Since 2015, Red Eléctrica has also participated in a satellite-tracking project that monitors the endangered Bonelli’s eagle in the Sierra de Espadán (Castellón) to study the impact of supplementary feeding on it population parameters.
Red Eléctrica’s involvement in the preservation of these three endangered species reinforces the company’s firm commitment to the protection and conservation of biodiversity in the Community of Valencia.