A  rare yellow-coloured plant, the caput-felis Helianthemun, better known as the jarilla cat head plant, is to get official protection in Torrevieja with nine hectares of the  Torre del Moro area being declared as a micro-fauna reserve.

Torrevieja’s municipal biologist, Juan Antonio Pujol, said that the news was the culmination of two years of campaigning, with the Ministry of Environment approving the council’s request for protection for the plant in Torre del Moro and between Cala de La Higuera and Cala de Cabo Cervera.

Torrevieja’s environment councillor, Fanny Serrano, said that it was a major achievement to gain the Ministry’s approval,  as the plant was in an area that was outside a designated natural park.

The jarilla cat head is only present in other parts of Alicante Province, as well as the Balearic Islands and parts of North Africa.

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