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Due to socio-economic changes, pollard management began to fall into disuse in the 1950s. It is therefore necessary to combine pollard tree conservation strategies with new mechanisms that will enable both conservation and management of the most ancient specimens. The LIFE+ project ‘Biodiversity and Pollards’ was planned from this perspective, taking as an area of action the five Sites of Community Importance (SCIs) consisting of pure forest in Gipuzkoa: Aiako Harria, Aizkorri-Aratz, Aralar, Ernio-Gatzume and Pagoeta.

The action to be carried out includes restoration, maintenance and creation of pollard woods and mapping them with LIDAR technology, together with several studies to be carried out on the saproxylic insects in order to locate new populations, increase the availability of their specific habitats and reduce their spatial fragmentation. The purchase of 300 hectares of beech forest in Sites of Community Interest, the training of new generations of pollarders and the compilation of traditional and modern pollarding techniques for publication in a Guide to Good Practice are also planned.

The project also includes various environmental sensitisation and awareness-raising actions, for which two learning pathways will be developed and environmental education material generated. The creation of a specific website (www.lifetrasmochos.net), leaflets and several information noticeboards will contribute to dissemination of the project. Collaboration with other European organisations will take place through the creation of a European working network concerned with pollards and their associated biodiversity and the organisation of a Final Seminar to publicise the results of the project.

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