Project HIGRO – Demonstrative Actions for the Conservation of Priority Habitats in Northern Mountain Areas in Portugal

Documentary of HIGRO project 


Documentário Projecto HIGRO – English version from Quercus on Vimeo

Project HIGRO aims to establish a methodology for the restoration and the active conservation of two Natura 2000 priority habitats: nard grasslands [6230 (*Species-rich Nardus grasslands, on silicious substrates in mountain areas (and submountain areas in Continental Europe)] and wet heaths [(4020 (*Temperate Atlantic wet heaths with Erica ciliaris and Erica tetralix)]. Several actions will be undertaken in order to verify which methods best promote rare plant diversity (e.g. Gentiana pneumonanthe) and endangered invertebrates (e.g. Phengaris alcon), namely the control of arbustive and herbaceous vegetation, the restoration of the natural hydrology, the installation of removable fences and the promotion of grazing along the paths.

A profitable equilibrium considering the ecological aspects of both habitats in the mosaic is thus intended, seeking to maintain or increase its total occupation area, and therefore contributing to the implementation of the Natura 2000 Network, which aims the long-run preservation of endangered habitats and species in the European Union.

The project began in September 2010 and it will end in June 2014.


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LIFE09 NAT/PT/000043


With the contribution of LIFE+ financial instruments of European Community

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