Function control of soil temperature and soil moisture probes and data logger and data downloading on Mt Oiti.
Field work: vegetation transects at the temporary pond of Nevropoli on Mt. Kallidromo. Problems encountered because of heavy raining that made field work at the temporary ponds of Mourouzos and Mouriza impossible (the ponds were flooded), although we visited the ponds twice in the same month.
Seed cleaning of 3 seedlots of Veronica oeatea (collection sites: Greveno, Alykaina, Livadies, 11.07.2014), 2 seedlots of Veronica serpyllifolia (collection sites: Alykaina, Livadies, 11.07.2014) and 1 seedlot of Veronica arvensis (collection site: Greveno, 11.07.2014).
Chemical analysis for the soil samples proceeded.
Field trip to Mt. Oiti for sampling of Juniperus foetidissima populations and stands. For the study of population structure tree cores were taken for age estimations, and heights and breast diameters were measured on Juniperus foetidissima trees in Fakitsa 1 & 2 and Trapeza locations.
Deliverables of this Action were finalised.
In order to find the optimal grazing regime for grassland management and conservation of their biodiversity, plant cover and biomass were measured in the 60 paired plots (exclusion cages and control) in both mountains (Oiti and Kallidromo). Treatments included three stocking rates corresponding to moderate grazing (at the level of grazing capacity), heavy grazing (twice the level of grazing capacity) and control (no grazing) in non restored and restored grasslands with controlled burning and shrub/weed clearings.
Also, GPS collars ware tested on two cows on Mt. Kallidromo to test their function and get the necessary experience for final application next year.
Conservation and plant care works of the 9,000 transplanted Cupressus sempervirens plants. Growth measurements were also taken.
Preparations for the two-day seminar on environmental education. The seminar will take place on October 3-4, organized in cooperation with KPE Stylidas – Ypatis and the Directorate of Education of the Region of Sterea Ellada.
The webpage of the project is continuously updated.
Preparation for the submission of the Progress Report on 30th of November.
Poster presentation at the 20th European Meeting of Environmental and Engineering Geophysics, Near Surface Geoscience 2014 (Athens), entitled "A geophysical insight for the occurrence of Mediterranean temporary ponds, on Mts. Oiti and Kallidromo (Greece)".