CLH and GREFA collaborate on the reintroduction of baby lesser kestrel to Arganda del Rey

This initiative is part of a collaboration agreement signed between CLH and the GREFA association in 2012 to improve biodiversity in areas linked to oil pipelines.

The CLH Group has been working with GREFA, a nature association for the rehabilitation of native fauna and their habitats, on the reintroduction of baby lesser kestrel to a tower that was specially designed and built for breeding colonies of this bird species in Arganda del Rey (Madrid).

CLH staff and their families visited the tower to sponsor around 40 birds from the association’s captive breeding programme and to put them into artificial nests.

The intention is that the birds will return to the same spot every spring after overwintering in Africa to breed and form a new colony in the Southeast Regional Park, a protected area belonging to the municipality of Arganda del Rey. The initiative therefore promotes the recovery of populations of this type of kestrel, which has become an endangered species in the Madrid region.

The breeding tower was officially opened last February with the participation of the Community of Madrid, Arganda del Rey Town Council, CLH and GREFA, subsequent to an agreement signed between the two latter institutions to promote the development of ecosystems in areas linked to the company’s logistics network and respect for the environment. The agreement is also part of the biodiversity protection programme set out in the CLH Group’s Corporate Social Responsibility Master Plan for 2012-2016.

GREFA is a non-governmental, non-profit organisation that has been engaged in the study and conservation of native species and their habitats for more than thirty years.