Doñana National Park, a bastion of biodiversity in Andalusia, has recently faced controversies that have shaken the faith of its admirers. Despite decades of protection and substantial funding, concerns about the ecosystem’s health have emerged. This article delves into forum discussions on challenges within the park and presents the latest developments, including a significant agreement aimed at securing its future.Continue reading Safeguarding Doñana: Challenges, Controversies, and a Path Forward
The Encebro, a wild Iberian equid, left an indelible mark on the Iberian Peninsula before facing extinction in the 16th century. Standing at an impressive 1.30 meters and weighing 300 kilograms, this equid outpaced domestic horses in speed, as recorded in medieval texts from the kingdoms of Castile, León, and Portugal. References abound in up to 80 Castilian and Leon “fueros” (See below) from the 12th and 13th centuries, offering a glimpse into its significance in the region’s history.Continue reading The Encebro (Equus sp.) in Iberia: A Spectacular Extinct Equid
- Region: Catalonia
- Province: Barcelona and Gerona
- Declared a Natural Park: Biosphere Reserve 1978. Natural Park 1987
- Park surface area: 50,166 hectares. Expanded from 30,000 hectares in 2014)
- Towns and villages: Aiguafreda, Arbucias, Breda, Brull, Campins, Cánoves y Samalús, Figaró-Montmany, Fogás de Monclús, La Garriga, Gualba, Montseny, Riells i Viabrea, San Esteban, San Felíu de, Buxalleu, San Pedro de Vilamajor, Seva and Viladrau
Points of interest
The Macizo del Montseny Natural Park (Just 50 kilometres from Barcelona) is the oldest in Catalonia and is also one of the most important because in a relatively small area there are typical plant communities of the three major European biomes : the Mediterranean (holm oak, cork oak and Aleppo pine), the Eurosiberian (Scots pine, beech and white fir) and boreoalpine (alpine meadow). The Montseny natural fir forest is the southernmost in Europe and this was the main reason that in 1978 UNESCO declared the area a protected Biosphere Reserve.Continue reading Macizo del Montseny Natural Park
Heres some News from Wildside Holidays and the Iberia Nature Forum. (November 2023 newsletter.)
The Wildside Holidays Facebook Prize Draw
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The Wildside Holidays YouTube Channel
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Exciting news! Wildside Holidays is experiencing remarkable growth in site traffic. In the past 28 days, we’ve achieved over 100,000 search impressions and 10,000 clicks, especially on dedicated wildlife and natural park pages. Quality content is at the heart of our success, reflecting in these impressive search stats.
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The Iberia Nature Forum
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- A Remarkable Wolf Pair in Aragón: In the picturesque region of Aragón, a unique wolf couple has captured the attention of wildlife enthusiasts. This extraordinary pairing involves a male wolf from Italy and a female wolf native to Spain, making it the only known case of its kind. Their coexistence in Aragón could hold the key to enriching the wolf population. Read more.
- The Rock Hyrax Connection in Valencia’s BIOPARC: Uncover the fascinating link between Hispania and a unique creature, the rock hyrax, in the heart of Valencia’s BIOPARC. Could this mammal be the connection to the very name of Spain itself? Discover more.
- European Bison’s Dramatic Comeback in Andalucia: After being reduced to single figures across its territory, the European bison has made a dramatic comeback, thanks to intensive conservation efforts and “rewilding” projects. Catch up on the latest news about bison in Spain here.
Stay connected, stay informed, and let the nature adventures continue!
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