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01 oct 2019

Crayfish and mining pollution: An unfortunate combination

Jaime Rodríguez Estival

The consumption of red swamp crayfish from the former mining districts of Alcudia Valley and Almadén poses a risk to food safety owing to the accumulation of high levels of potentially toxic metals

The recreational fishing for self-consumption of the red swamp crayfish (Procambarus clarkii) as a seasonal product is deeply rooted in the local culture throughout Spain, especially in rural areas. As a food product, this crayfish could be considered a healthy dish that provides a variety of...

01 sep 2019

Do vultures attack livestock? This is what science says

Jaime Rodríguez Estival & Antoni Margalida
Science and management

Misinterpretations, sensationalist press headlines, a lack of scientific rigour, fake news and the expansive force of social networks are the ingredients of the negative popular perception that has resulted in the absurd conflict generated around vultures and their presumed attacks on livestock. In this article, we explore this subject in the company of science.

From time to time, some of the most diverse components of the media echo the emergence of new cases of vulture "attacks" on live...

01 ago 2019

Discover the secrets of the red deer rut 2019

Azeral Environmental Sciences
Education and interpretation

Nature interpretation, science communication and ecotourism to enjoy the red deer and fallow deer rutting seasons in the Serranía de Cuenca

The arrival of autumn is an amazing time to enjoy Nature in the Serranía de Cuenca because two fascinating wildlife phenomenons happen in our wilderness: the Iberian red deer (Cervus elaphus) and the fallow deer (Dama dama) rutting seasons. From mid-September until mid-October, a chorus of bellowing disrupts the peace of autumnal evenings in the...

01 jul 2019

Chemical pollution: a conservation threat for wild carnivores

Jaime Rodríguez Estival

The exposure of wild carnivores to high levels of chemical pollution can be associated with less reproductive success and/or lower probabilities of survival, which may be a direct or indirect cause of population declines

Wild carnivores are species of mammals belonging to the taxonomic order Carnivora, which are fundamental drivers as regards maintaining ecosystems and preserving biodiversity. However, a number of species have undergone significant population declines over the last century...