Fire threatens the survival of 14 species found only in Sierra Bermeja
The fire threatens the survival of 14 species that can only be found in the Sierra Bermeja in Spain.
The Sierra Bermeja fire has already been brought under control, but it has left havoc in its wake. The flora and fauna over an area of 9,670 hectares were severely affected and the fire left the survival of fourteen “threatened” species.
The fire that broke out proved extremely difficult to control and raged for days in an active state. The area is believed to be home to around 1,000 species.
Felipe Roman-Requena, graduate in biology from the University of Granada is an expert on the fauna of the Sierra Bermeja. Addressing 20 minutes, he explained that: “there are fourteen species that are exclusive” to the Sierra Bermeja. These “are threatened and may have been significantly affected”.
“Of course, they are in danger of extinction because they are subjected to an event like this.
“Most endangered species are invertebrates, but there are also endangered vertebrate species because they have a reduced range and live in other places. “
The area is home to abundant wildlife and the expert explained that “of the 1,000 species found in Sierra Bermeja, only 14 are threatened”.
Unfortunately, the status of these species cannot be known at this time. “No one can know if they are extinct because no one has real information on the current state of these species,” said the expert.
He added that: “these species have resisted fire for millions of years and have probably not gone extinct.”
In other news from Sierra Bermeja, National park platform calls for Sierra Bermeja to become a national park to help prevent fires in the future.
Sierra Bermeja has recently been hit by devastating fires. The National Parks Platform called on the political authorities to declare the Sierra Bermeja a National Park. This distinction has already been awarded to the neighboring mountain Sierra de Las Nieves. The platform believes that making Sierra Bermeja a national park would help reduce the risk of fires in the future.
They believe that making the Sierra a national park “will mean more vigilance, more control, more resources for prevention and faster decision-making.”
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