Celebration of the World Wetlands Day
Last Sunday, February the 3rd, a guided visit to the intermittent Pond Espolla

Once again, the Consorci de l’Estany, together with the association LIMNOS and the Darder Museum, celebrated the World Wetlands Day as a commemoration of the Ramsar Convention signed in 1971 for the protection of aquatic ecosystems worldwide. This year's motto is "We are not powerless against climate change".
Taking advantage of this commemoration, every year we aim to publicize one of the various wetlands in the Pla de l'Estany region. This year, Pond Espolla (in Catalan: Estanyol de la Platja d'Espolla) was chosen.
Thus, last Sunday, February the 3rd, a guided tour of the Estanyol d'Espolla was carried out by Carles Quer, a biologist and member of LIMNOS, and Miquel Campos, technical coordinator of the Consorci de l'Estany.
Thirty people attended the visit and were able to explore the new itinerary around the Estanyol d'Espolla that was opened last summer.
During the visit, it was possible to discover its unique hydrological mechanism, which leads it to fill up every now and then with groundwater coming from the Alta Garrotxa region, as well as other peculiarities such as: the piezometer located next to the pond that measures the groundwater pressure; how the pond is managed; which are its natural values in terms of fauna and flora; and even the Paleolithic site found in the area.
The pond’s social services and the human impacts affecting it were also recalled: the shooting range, the quarry, the motocross field, the highway and the industrial park. Finally, they dedicated some moments to talking about the water springs, the amazing living-fossil Triops cancriformis and the amphibians, all of them treasures of this unique site.
The organizing entities want to emphasize that this itinerary, which currently covers only half of the pond, allows to improve the vision of the Estanyol d'Espolla and at the same time regulates the accesses and reduces the impact of visitors on the site. Also, informative panels and dioramas representing the species which inhabit the site.
They also highlight the importance of raising awareness among visitors in order to avoid inopportune behaviors such as those occurred in recent years when the lake filled up.
You can check the news on Banyoles TV at the following link

Fishes, freshwater mussels and Vertigo snails in the Feria de Sant Martirià de Banyoles

One more year The Consorci del Estany organizes an exposition to carry out an environmental sensitizing about the importance of the native fauna that lives in the lake of Banyoles and the rivers Ter, Fluvià and Muga.
Between 15,000 and 20,000 people pass through the fair thanks of the good weather of the weekend, also on Friday more than 900 schoolchildren were welcomed.
Threatened species that are the object of the LIFE Potamo Fauna project, such as naiads, native fishes and Vertigo snails, are also exposed. The Spanish Society of Malacology has dedicate the year 2016 to vertigo as the molusc of the year.

The species Vertigo moulisiana and Vertigo angustior selected as "2016 mollusk" by the Spanish Society of Malacology

This year  the campaign "A Year of Vertigo," is implemented as an action of the European project LIFE Potamo Fauna, to make them known to society

World Wetlands Day 6 and 7 February 2015

The Consortium of Lake, the environmental non-goverment organitzation LIMNOS and
Darder Museum organize various activities to celebrate World Wetlands Day; date commemorates the signing of the Ramsar Convention in 1971 to protect these ecosystems.
We send the activities scheduled for 6 and 7 February of this year with a series of talks and an visit to the Center for Reproduction of native crayfish in Olot.
We hope your assistance.

90 exotic turtles captured in the river Ter and Lake Banyoles under the LIFE Potamo Fauna project

The Lake Consortium spreads the "LIFE Potamo Fauna" project in Tarragona in an internal training course

On November 26 was held in Tarragona an internal training course "Active with new programs 2014-2020" organized by the city of Tarragona.

The LIFE Potamo Fauna project present in the Feria Sant Martirià of Banyoles that brought 30,000 people

El Consorcio del Lago con la colaboración del Centro de Reproducción de Tortugas de la Albera (CRT) y Limnos estuvo presente los días 14, 15 y 16 de noviembre en la Feria de Sant Martirià y del Firestany de Banyoles para informar del proyecto LIFE Potamo Fauna y de los valores naturales del espacio natural del lago de Banyoles, y concretamente acercar especies desconocidas para la gente como son los anfibios y el galápago europeo a los visitantes de la Feria . Durante los tres días pasaron por la feria unas 30.000 personas; destacar también que el viernes visitaron la feria más de 1.000 escolares.

LIFE Potamo Fauna project public presentation

LIFE Potamo Fauna presentation-  “Conservation of river fauna of european interest in the Natura 2000 network basins of the rives¡rs Ter, Fluvià and Muga".

"Estany Project" Layman's Report is published

Hundreds of freshwater mussels for restocking of Lake Banyoles

It has been managed to breed freshwater mussels in captivity. The results of the project could be exported to other freshwater ecosystems .

The freshwater mussels are bioindicators species and most are in a critical situation of threat.

The laboratory breeding of freshwater mussels ( naiads ) of " Estany Project" has managed to breed , raised and kept in captivity until his release , hundreds of naiads of 2 ½ years old and almost 3 cm in length. This is a fact hitherto not had been achieved across the European Union. This result is part of the proceedings for the recovery of endangered species of Unio mancus and U. ravoisieri naiads within the Estany Project, conducted by the Consortium Estany with the collaboration of Dr. Rafael Araujo of the National Museum of Natural Sciences in Madrid ( MNCN -CSIC ) . This project has been funded ( LIFE08 NAT/E/000078 ) LIFE program of the European Commission.

The European project LIFE Potamia Fauna improve river fauna in the Natura 2000 network in the Ter river basins and Muga
Released 30 european pond turtle in the Can Morgat ponds (Banyoles Lake, Porqueres)
4 white stork are born in Pla de l'Estany during spring 2013
Release of 25 european pond turtles (Emys orbicularis) in Lake of Banyoles (+ LIFE+ PROJECT - PROJECT ESTANY-)
On 10, 11 and 12 are held in Banyoles the second conference on invasive species in rivers and wetlands
Se presenta el programa definitivo de la Jornada sobre INVASORAS
250 personas participan de la plantada de árboles en el arroyo de Can Morgat de Porqueres
250 people participate in the planting of trees in the Can Morgat stream in Porqueres
Now you can watch the documentary "Estany proyect"
Presentation of the documentary "Invasive alien species: Lake Project" at the Auditorium of the Ateneu de Banyoles
2013 World Wetlands Day's program
Begins a riparian restoration of the stream Can Morgat
New restocking of mediterranean barbel and chub at Lake Banyoles in the Estany Project
Consorci de l’Estany has participated in the call for a new LIFE project
A project of Salaria fluviatilis appears in the environment program of TV3
Activities World Birds Day 2012 in Banyoles Lake
New birth of withe stork in the Banyoles Lake
Los participantes del Congreso de Ictiologia visitan el lago de Banyoles
The Estany Consortium take actions for the conservation of Salaria fluviatilis fish in Lake Banyoles
100 individuals of eels released into the lake of Banyoles
New exotic species of turtles caught in the lake in 2012
Consortium de l'Estany repopulate the lake of Banyoles with montain Barbel
Release of 25 european pond turtles (Emys orbicularis) in Lake of Banyoles (+ LIFE+ PROJECT - PROJECT ESTANY-)
More than 1.700 visitors to the exhibition "Aliens! The invasion of alien species" which ended on 11 March
The Consortium of the Lake presents the first chapter of the documentary "Invasive alien species: Estany project."
World Wetlands Day 2012 activities
Rains feed the aquifer in the Lake of Banyoles
Opening of the exhibition "ALIENS! The invasion of exotic species"
Turtle Pond and freshwater mussel exposed to the stand of the Consortium of the Lake at the Saint Martirià Fair
Exhibition "Blauet -Kingfisher-, and the stories of their neighbors"
The european pond turtle returns to Banyoles Lake
Opening and presentation of laboratory breeding freshwater mussels
Works conditioning and improving the pool of La Draga (Banyoles)
Presentation of the campaign comunication of the Estany Project
the “Espai Estany” broadcast on Radio Banyoles begins
Detection of a new species introduced into Banyoles lake
Grand presentation of the mussel “capgròs” (large head figure) and the Festa del Peix (Fish Festival) parade
Campaigns have begun to capture and control invasive exotic fish species in Banyoles Lake.
Parade to celebrate the centenary of the Fish Festival
World Bird Day 2010 at Banyoles Lake
The first steps of the "projecte Estany" on TV3's environment programme
Scientists at the University of Valencia study the microscopic organisms of the lake (06/08/2010)
· Comencen les obres per crear tres noves llacunes a l´estany de Banyoles (15/12/05)
· Tres petites llacunes ajudaran a recuperar els hàbitats desapareguts a l'estany de Banyoles (04/12/05)
· Creen tres llacunes a l'estany de Banyoles per recuperar hàbitats desapareguts (01/12/05)
· Els límits del futur parc natural, ja definits (01/12/05)
· Inici d'una campanya mediàtica (30/11/05)
· Comencen les obres de restauració (30/11/05)
· La Generalitat i Banyoles pacten el calendari per crear el Parc de l´Estany (29/11/05)
· Un sensor del nivell freàtic: el clot d´Espolla (27/11/05)
· CiU demana a la Generalitat que defineixi la figura de protecció de l'estany (21/10/05)
· Una empresa cedirà uns terrenys vora l´estany a canvi d´ampliar les instal·lacions (07/10/05)
· La Generalitat entrarà a formar part aquest any del Consorci de l'Estany de Banyoles (07/09/05)
· S’inicia la creació d’un tram de camí pedestre al sector Amaradors-Lió (05/09/05)
· El Projecte Life avança ( 20/08/05)
· Protecció de tresors ambientals (15/08/05)
· Ampliaran les zones inundables creant basses noves al costat de l´Estany (14/08/05)
· Les obres per a l´ampliació de l´edifici del nou Museu Darder s´acabaran el setembre (11/08/05)
· Es presenta el lloc web del Consorci de l'Estany (16/07/05)
· Delimitaran aviat el parc natural de l'estany de Banyoles (1/07/05 )
· Milà diu que abans de finals d'any es delimitarà l'espai protegit de l'Estany (1/07/05)
· El Consorci de l'Estany de Banyoles demana la implicació de la Generalitat (30/06/05)
· El Consorci proposa connectar el parc natural de l'estany amb la Garrotxa (30/06/05)
· Reintroduiran les cigonyes dins la recuperació d'hàbitats naturals de l'estany de Banyoles (9/06/05)
· Restauraran el bosc de Can Morgat de Porqueres i hi permetran l'accés públic (9/06/05)
· Formalitzen la compra de Can Morgat de Porqueres per restaurar-hi ambients aquàtics (8/06/05)
· El Consorci de l'Estany crea un Consell consultiu format per una desena d'entitats (28/05/05)
· Dia de l'Estany, a Banyoles (23/05/05)
· El Consorci de l'Estany replica a Jover i li recorda que vol un parc (21/05/05)
· El Consorci de l´Estany de Banyoles revisarà el Reglament d´activitats (20/05/05)
· La Generalitat concedeix 240.000 euros al projecte del nou Museu Darder de Banyoles (20/05/05)
· Rebuig total al parc temàtic mediterrani (6/05/05)
· Zona verda a Can Sisó (6/05/05)
· Jover diu que cal aclarir si a l´estany i al Montgrí «es vol un parc natural o temàtic» (6/05/05)
· Compren els primers terrenys per als aiguamolls de Banyoles (4/05/05)
· Caixa Catalunya compra Can Morgat per reintroduir la llúdriga i la cigonya (30/04/05)
· L´Ajuntament de Banyoles compra uns terrenys prop de l´estany per restaurar-los (29/04/05)
· Banyoles ratifica el pressupost del Consorci de l´Estany que és de més de 315.000 E (31/03/05)