WHILE Alfaz’s population are confined to their homes, the environment is ignoring lockdown.
With practically no aircraft in or out of Alicante airport and with few vehicles on the N-332 main road and the AP-7 motorway, the air is clearer and cleaner, bringing larger numbers of pollinating insect than usual.
Off Albir and the Sierra Helada coast, the sea is less polluted, too. Apart from patrol boats and the occasional trawler, no-one observes the dolphins which, marine biologists explain, are appreciating the reduction in the noise of shipping. Less impressed are the seagulls, obliged to go inland with nothing to scavenge on the Albir seafront.
An adder or too has been spotted basking in the mid-day sun in the middle of an empty road and as night falls, hedgehogs are bold enough cross the quiet streets.
“Details of all of this wildlife are available on the internet,” Alfaz’s Environment department explained. “But if you have doubts, email us and we will help you to identify a species you have seen.”