Life Tritó Montseny - Conservación del Tritón del Montseny (Calotriton arnoldi): gestión del hábitat, de su población y educación ambiental.

LIFE15 NAT/ES/000757

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Contact details:

Contact person: Daniel Guinart
Tel: 34934022420
Fax: 34934022439
Email: guinartsd@diba.cat

Project description:


The Montseny brook newt (Calotriton arnoldi) is an endemic amphibian present only in the Montseny area and classified as “critically endangered” in the IUCN Red List. The population of this amphibian is estimated to be fewer than 1 500 adults. Moreover, its distribution area is small and fragmented, covering less than 8 km2. The newt species is adapted to mountain streams and requires a pristine habitat. It is adversely affected by climate change and human activities.

Although some populations disappeared in the 20th Century, probably due to the lack of a stable water flow, most are seemingly stable nowadays. Nevertheless, some populations have an “unfavourable” conservation status, mainly caused by melanocytosis (pigmented skin tumours), which could indicate adverse micro-environmental changes.


The main objective of the Life Tritó Montseny project is to improve the conservation status of the Montseny brook newt and its riparian habitat. Specific objectives are to:

  • Ensure the conservation of the genetic pool of the species and to expand its geographic distribution area;
  • Increase the hydrological quality and water flow quantity of streams in its range of distribution;
  • Eliminate or minimise current threats in the riparian habitat where the species is found;
  • Establish suitable legal protection at national and European level and to develop a management plan for the species;
  • Monitor regularly its conservation status and increase scientific and technical knowledge on its conservation and management; and
  • Involve and engage stakeholders in the conservation of riparian habitats, their biodiversity and, specifically, the Montseny brook newt.
  • Expected results:

  • Consolidation of the breeding centres: 90% of the genetic variability of natural populations, no body anomalies and quadruple larvae production.
  • Doubling the number of streams with Montseny brook newt by reintroduction of individuals, creating six new populations;
  • Captive breeding centres to quadruple larvae production and produce newts with 90% of the genetic variability of natural populations and no body anomalies;
  • Consolidation of existing wild populations;
  • Reduction in water extraction from streams with Montseny brook newt (90% of surface water catchment systems to be improved or eliminated);
  • Improvement of wastewater treatment in 75% of houses in the range of the Montseny brook newt;
  • Installation of collection and reuse of rainwater and grey water in 50% of the houses in the newt’s range;
  • A 90% increase in river connectivity at intersections between roads, tracks and streams holding the Montseny brook newt;
  • A 50% increase in the area of native riparian forest and increased biological quality;
  • Drafting and approval of a conservation plan and action programme for the Montseny brook newt;
  • Legal recognition of the species at national and European level;
  • Annual monitoring of the conservation status of the Montseny brook newt, using improved monitoring stations;
  • Greater knowledge of the biology and ecological requirements of the species;
  • Transfer of all data gathered by the project to the PN-RB Montseny information system and to the Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF); and
  • A comprehensive communication and dissemination strategy (website, scientific articles, events, good practice guidelines, school visits, etc.).



Environmental issues addressed:


Species - Amphibians


endangered species‚  endemic species‚  restoration measure‚  water resources management‚  river management

Target EU Legislation

  • Nature protection and Biodiversity
  • Directive 92/43 - Conservation of natural habitats and of wild fauna and flora- Habitats Directiv ...
  • COM(2011) 244 final “Our life insurance, our natural capital: an EU biodiversity strategy to 2020 ...

Target species

 Euproctus asper   SALAMANDRIDAE Calotriton arnoldi   

Natura 2000 sites

SCI ES5110001 Massís del Montseny



Coordinator Diputacio de Barcelona
Type of organisation Local authority
Description Diputació de Barcelona is a public entity in charge of giving economic and technological support to small municipalities. It is responsible for environmental protection and the promotion of the sustainable use of natural resources. Diputació de Barcelona is responsible for managing the Network of Natural Parks of Barcelona, which includes 12 protected areas covering 102 587 hectares. Diputació de Barcelona and Diputació de Girona (a project partner) jointly manage the Montseny Natural Park Natura 2000 site.
Partners Diputacio de Girona, Spain Forestal Catalana SA, Spain Generalitat de Catalunya - Departament de Territori i Sostenibilitat - Direcció General de Polítiques Ambientals, Spain BSM. SA - Barcelona - Serveis municipals SA, Spain


Project reference LIFE15 NAT/ES/000757
Duration 01-OCT-2016 to 31-DEC -2020
Total budget 2,971,276.00 €
EU contribution 1,782,764.00 €
Project location Cataluña(España)


Read more:

Project web site Project's website
Video link "Seguim el projecte de conservació del Tritó del Montseny" (TV3 a la carta)(in Catalan)(11:36)


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