Parc de l’Alba promotes native auxiliary fauna for pest control in gardening

Shelters have been installed in Parc de l’Alba‘s ‘green corridor’ to boost populations of birds and bats. The Alba synchrotron, one of the most emblematic scientific structures in southern Europe, is situated in this area of Cerdanyola del Vallès, where urban development has enhanced elements of ‘Green Infrastructure’ including ecological corridors and wildlife passages that allow animals to cross roads without risk of roadkill.

Work has been carried out to install shelters where small insectivorous birds and bats can make their nests. These animals help to control insect pests, and are a very useful tool in sustainable agriculture and gardening. By promoting species that are natural enemies of pests, we can reduce damage to plants and avoid the use of pesticides, thereby reducing waste and toxins in the environment. In the medium- and long-term, integrated pest control using animals that feed on insects, is more economical and efficient than conventional chemical systems.

These actions are promoted by the Urban Consortium for the Directional Centre of Cerdanyola del Vallès. They are implemented by AMBITEC, as part of the gardening maintenance services the company provides in urban public areas of Parc de l’Alba, with the collaboration of MINUARTIA in the design and monitoring of actions to restore wildlife habitats.