Helianthemum caput-felis

The Department of Environment in Orihuela has commissioned a study from the University of Murcia to apply for two grants, one from the European Union and one from the Biodiversity Foundation, in order to afford protection of the endangered “jarilla cabeza de gato” plant, which inhabits the Orihuela Costa.

Environmental Councillor, Manual Gallud, announced the intention this week, detailing how the species, whose scientific name is Helianthemum caput-felis, dwells especially in the uniquely environmentally rich area of Cala Mosca.

Therefore, the environment department has allocated 9,000 euro with which to order the study, which could lead to the award of a grant of between 500,000 and one million euro for a preservation project from the European Union.

This aid will help the study, dissemination and protection of this species, which also populates other territories such as the Balearic Islands, Morocco and Sardinia, in addition to areas north of the province of Alicante. Thus, the City will manage the protection of this species in these areas during the development of the project, which will last between two and five years.

The study by the University of Murcia will also allow for the application of a grant from the Biodiversity Foundation for the same purpose, which would run in parallel to the European program.

Gallud also detailed some of the protective measures already put in place at Cala Mosca, such as the banning of cars, but a number of people have still broken through the barriers in the past, and so a poster campaign will also be created in order to raise awareness of the environmental values of protecting the area.

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