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The 5-year project, which runs from October 2022 to September 2027, is financed by the European LIFE fund. The leading partner of the project is WWF Italy, and 7 Italian and 2 Slovenian partners participate in the project (in addition to the KPSS, the KP Ljubljansko barje).
The project is aimed at the conservation and repopulation of the European pond turtle (Emys orbicularis) by implementing activities aimed at improving the natural habitats of the European pond turtle and by removing invasive non-native species from nature and raising public awareness.

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LIFE URCA PROEMYS Summer Research Camp successfully completed

On Friday 7.7.2023 the LIFE URCA PROEMYS summer research camp ended with presentations for parents. Together with the children we studied the European Pond Turtle. The camp was successfully completed. The KPSS and CŠOD team would like to thank all the participants for an enjoyable time.

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The Sečovlje Salina Nature Park (SOLINE Production of Salt d.o.o.) invites "young researchers" to a summer research camp, which will be held from July 3rd to July 7th, 2023 (during summer vacation) for children aged 10 to 12 years. The number of children at the camp is limited to 20. The camp will run from Monday afternoon to Friday morning at the CŠOD Burja home in Seča, where children will have accommodation, daily meals, and free time activities provided.

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Meeting of Emys Centres

On 12 and 13 April, the first of a series of training and discussion events about the conservation of Emys orbicularis in Liguria (Italy) took place in Genoa and Albenga (SV), as part of the LIFE URCA PROEMYS project, co-funded by the European Union.

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The first European Pond Turtles (Emys orbicularis) with microchips

From Wednesday, March 22nd, to Friday, March 24th, 2023, we conducted the first regular monitoring of the European pond turtle (Emys orbicularis) and the invasive red-eared slider turtle (Trachemys scripta) in the area of the Sečovlje Salina Nature Park (KPSS) as part of the LIFE UrCA PROEMYS project. During the three days of trapping at eight locations, 27 European pond turtles were caught, and no red-eared sliders were found. Invasive red-eared sliders must be removed from the environment.

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