Spain´s first entomological reserve

11 September 2013 | News story

The biological reserve Campanarios de Azaba, a property of the Fundación Naturaleza y Hombre, was designated as Spain´s first entomological reserve by the Spanish Entomology Association. Through this nomination, the association acknowledges the efforts carried out to conserve arthropods and their habitats in the reserve.

The Spanish Entomology Association was founded 35 years ago by a group of professors and researchers from the University of Salamanca. Their objective was to drive researches on arthropods (insects, arachnids, crustaceans…), raise awareness on the ecological importance of these animals and implement conservation programs. The association recently set up a norm to designate “entomological reserves” in Spain. The biological reserve Campanarios de Azaba was the first to receive this title, on September 5, 2013.

The 522-hectare reserve Campanarios de Azaba is located in Castilla y Leon, close to the Portugal border. The Fundación Naturaleza y Hombre acquired it in the framework of the European LIFE+ project “Iberian West Biodiversity Conservation” to implement an active species conservation policy in the area.

The nomination of Campanarios de Azaba as “entomological reserve” is testament to the richness of its arthropod species and to the sheltering of endangered insect species. It also rewards the efficiency of management and habitat conservation programs carried out by the Fundación Naturaleza y Hombre, as well as the foundation’s support to environmental awareness and training programs. The initiatives and conservation efforts led by individuals, associations and local entities also play an important part in the preservation of the reserve´s biodiversity.

The nomination ceremony took place in the Ceremony Hall of the Faculty of Biology of the University of Salamanca, in the presence of Dr. Eduardo Galante Patiño, President of the Spanish Entomology Association, and Dr. Jose Ángel Arranz, General Director of the Natural Environment of Castilla y Leon. The ceremony coincided with the “Days of Entomology” celebrated in Salamanca.