The zoologists of K’ Nature, on behalf of the Cilento, Vallo di Diano and Alburni National Park, are working on the research project for the monitoring of Coypu within the territory of the Park and in the nearby areas.

Coypu (Myocastor coypus) s a semi-aquatic rodent native to South America and introduced in Italy in 1928, included in the list of invasive alien species of importance in the European Union.

The species, considered alien and invasive, can cause extensive damage to both biodiversity and human activities. Its presence on the territory, therefore, must be carefully monitored as indicated by both Community and national regulations.

With the citizen science project #NutriaCilento every citizen will be able to support research by contributing to data collection. Any report of the species will be valuable, enriching the monitoring project database.

La citizen science – scienza dei cittadini – is a very helpful tool for describing particular environmental components of an area through the involvement of the local population, as well as being useful for raising awareness of young and old on the importance of protecting the landscape and its biodiversity.

Coypu. Photo by Francesco Simonetta.

Coypu traces and footprints. Modified by Brown et al., 2004.

If you happen to observe a Coypu or signs of presence related to it within the Park, send an email to attaching the following material:

  • photo of the specimen (or traces) in good resolution
  • the geographic coordinates of the observation
  • the date of discovery
  • name and surname of the observer

By sending the email, you are consenting to the use of your data for the scientific study in question and related studies. As regards personal data (name, surname, e-mail, etc.) these will be used solely for the purposes of the research itself and never, for any reason, transferred to third parties.

Ti ringraziamo per anticipo per il contributo che fornirai al progetto!

Nutria. Foto di Francesco Simonetta.