Forums + Presentations PPT

17th and 21st February, 2020
IES DUNAS DE LAS CHAPAS Secondary School – Power Point Presentation to 110 students

The 2 introductory talks, backed up with a PowerPoint presentation, which we gave to the 2nd + 3rd Secondary School classes
prepared them to understand what they will be doing once they will go out to their sponsored dune.

18th February, 2020
BAHÍA DE MARBELLA Secondary School – Power Point Presentation to 115 students

Both classes of the school’s 3rd level were really interested.
We find that these presentations in class-time help awaken and develop students’ interest in the valuable natural heritage
 of the Marbella dunes.

8th February, 2020
FORUM AT THE LIONS CLUB MÁLAGA GIBRALFARO

PROMOTING THE NATURAL HERITAGE OF THE DUNES IN MARBELLA

On Saturday we had the honour of being invited by the Lions Club of Málaga Gibralfaro to the XXXIII Lions Conference. We want to thank them for the opportunity they gave us to present ProDunas and the dunes of Marbella. We presented an audio-visual production in which we touched on various topics.

Firstly, we centered on ProDunas, describing its framework and highlighting its main objectives. We underlined the value of the dune ecosystems; we explained their great complexity and biological interest. Finally, we went on to highlight the future projects currently being developed. We emphasised the reliance we place on the participation by members of the public and, above all, on the schools and the schoolchildren. They actively help conserve this valuable Natural Heritage. They are the future.

We presented and explained in detail all about the proposal for the installation of multifunction artificial reefs in 3 of the dune areas. This is an innovative solution that ProDunas has been actively supporting since 2016. The reefs would reduce the destructive power and erosion of storms on the beaches and dunes of the Marbella coast.

Our presentation was well received and the audience applauded warmly. This motivates us to fight, day by day, for the fragile legacy of the ecosystems of the Costa del Sol.

4 de febrero de 2020
Ceip Vicente Aleixandre de Marbella

Este Centro escolar lo ha hecho perfectamente! Ha solicitado a ProDunas charlas en el Centro escolar apoyándose éstas con una presentación mediante PowerPoint, para que los jóvenes alumnos puedan entender en clase, lo que van a hacer en campo dunar.

La interacción de preguntas y respuestas impulsa el interés de todos.

17th January, 2020

ECOS-Attendis Marbella 

A presentation with PowerPoint at the educational institution

 

16th January, 2020

ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES STUDENTS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF MÁLAGA

Working with birds and the conservation of their costal habitats.

May 2018 – CEIP VICENTE ALEIXANDRE

IT WAS WONDERFUL TO SEE THE EXCITEMENT shown by the schoolchildren of the Primary School Vicente Aleixandre, when we put on a video and showed photos of the Common Chameleon in their school. The questions came thick and fast and like sponges they absorbed the information given by our colleague and friend Patricia, biologist and doctoral student who is doing her thesis on the Common Chameleon. The teachers were very disappointed not to see a real, live Chameleon.

The Common Chameleon is not a pet. We have to respect the fact that it lives in freedom in sandy areas such as the dunes of the Artola Natural Monument.

April 2018 – CEIP RAFAEL FERNÁNDEZ MAYORALAS

The Primary School children were enthusiastic about the toy Common Chameleon that our co-worker Patricia had made to better explain everything about this beautiful reptile. The Chameleon is totally protected by law.

The following explanation is valid for everyone:
The Ministry of Environment of the Junta de Andalucía does not allow us to remove any Common Chameleon (Chamaeleo chamaeleon) from its habitat, not even to use it for didactic purposes in a school.

The Common Chameleon is not a pet. We have to respect the fact that it lives in freedom in sandy areas such as the dunes of the Artola Natural Monument.

January 2018 – Environmental Education in schools – Presentation of the Common Chameleon (Chamaeleo chamaeleon)

COMMITMENT TO AND PROTECTION OF THE CHAMELEON IN THE DUNAR ECOSYSTEMS

NTRODUCTION OF CHAMELEON INTO THE DUNAR AREAS AND THE REASONS FOR IT

In July 2016 the Regional Ministry of the Environment and Territorial Planning supported the initiative of the Pro Dunas Association to introduce the Common Chameleon (Chamaeleo chamaeleon) into the dune areas of Marbella. Those of the older generation in the town know that there were always chameleons around where there was enough native vegetation. With the introduction of 5 specimens – 2 males and 3 females – it was intended that during the breeding season (in July and August) the survival of the species here could be guaranteed. This and other actions planned for the near future to increase the number of chameleons are aimed at protecting this beautiful reptile and facilitating its natural expansion.

The reintroductions must be carried out in areas where they existed previously. Before the reintroduction, the area, the habitat and the possible threats were analysed to optimise their chances of survival. Returning the chameleons to their natural habitat means a lot of hard work for the females during the egg-laying period because they have to excavate the galleries they live in , which can be about 5 to 30cm underground. If the females are in perfect physical condition they can lay two sets of eggs per year.

The re-introduction in pairs raises the number of meeting between the females and males and thus favours the number of viable eggs laid with the subsequent annual additions of juveniles.

The habitats of the reintroduction zone should harbour woody shrub plant species such as Stone Pines (Pinus pinea), Brooms (Retama monosperma blanca), Wild Olives (Olea europaea silv.), Mastics (Pistacia lentiscus), Fan Palms (Chamaerops humílis), Junipers (Juníperus phoenicea subsp. turbonata), Kermes Oaks (Quercus coccifera) etc.etc.

DESCRIPTION OF THE CHAMAELEONIDAE FAMILY

The common chameleon is a typical species of the Mediterranean climate. The smallest can measure between 2.9 and 30 centimetres. The common chameleon is adapted to living in shrubs. It has prehensile fingers for climbing trees and branches. The tail is always rolled up. Their eyes have a membranous turret-like structure that allows them to move each one in a different direction and at an angle of practically 360°, depending on what they want to see. Although they do not have external ears they can detect vibrations and low frequency sounds of about 200Hz. They move extremely slowly and the tongue can shoot out like a projectile when they are hunting. This is long, sticky and retractable and can trap its prey from quite a distance. Their favourite food is live insects: crickets, grasshoppers, silk worms, etc. The most striking biological aspect is the ability to change colour, its famous camouflage strategy or depending the emotional moments.

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Asociación ProDunas Marbella

The Association works tirelessly for the defence and preservation of the unique ecosystems that survive in the natural sand dune environments in the Province of Málaga; promotes the protection of native flora and small wildlife; promotes recovery, rehabilitation and conservation of interesting biodiversity of sand dunes areas in the municipality of Marbella.