For almost 3 years now we have been supporting the Ferreret Project through the collaboration agreement with the University of the Balearic Islands. Its aim is to promote ecology studies applied to the conservation of the Ferreret. During these two years, Dr. Samuel Pinya, researcher of the Ferreret Project, has visited a large number of localities every year, and has collaborated closely with the Species Protection Service of the Regional Ministry of the Environment, Agriculture and Fisheries in the monitoring of the Ferreret populations that inhabit the Tramuntana mountain range.
During this period Dr. Pinya has been accompanied by his inseparable companion in this project, the qualified canyoning guide Pep Homs. This tandem visited the populations under study and located the adult ferrerets, identified them individually by photo-identification, measured and weighed them and took various samples. In these two years they have located nearly 400 adult ferrerets, thus increasing our knowledge of the ecology of the species.
The knowledge that is being generated is allowing us to understand a little more about how ferreret populations function and to advance our knowledge. In these two years we have been able to disseminate new knowledge by attending different international meetings such as when in 2017 we attended the Amphibian Conservation Research Symposium (UK) and the European Congress of Herpetology (Austria) and presented the latest work on the ferreret or in December 2017 when we presented the work carried out within the framework of the Ferreret project at the Technical Conference for the Conservation of the Ferreret that took place in Mallorca.
But not everything we have done in the agreement has been focused on generating knowledge, which is undoubtedly very important, but we have also been committed to the training of Biology degree students. During the 2016/2017 academic year, the student Iván Cortés carried out the Final Degree Project that he will present in June 2018 with the data generated within the framework of the Ferreret Project.
On the other hand, during 2017 Dr. Pinya wrote an informative book about the Ferreret that we will present to you soon. But for that we have to wait a few more weeks.
Ferrer Hotels is proud to see that by promoting the research work carried out by the University of the Balearic Islands we are contributing to the conservation of our beloved ferreret, to the generation of knowledge, to the training of future environmental professionals and to the dissemination of knowledge among the local population. Thus, the Ferreret project is one of the fundamental pillars of our corporate social responsibility, given that it covers key strategic lines such as conservation, research, training and environmental education.