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Expanding Horizons: The Proposal to Expand the Sierra de Guadarrama National Park.

On December 11 2023, the formal request for the expansion of the Sierra de Guadarrama National Park was made by the Community of Madrid.

In October 2023, the Término del Paular farm in the municipality of Rascafría was acquired by the Community of Madrid. The motivation behind this purchase was its proximity to the national park and the natural values it possesses. The acquisition aims to diversify the representation of natural systems in the park and on the network.

Expanding Horizons: The Proposal to Enrich the Sierra de Guadarrama National Park

With the inclusion of the Término de Paular property, other lands adjacent to the park, namely public utility mountains No. 140 and 141 (Perimeter de Aguirre) in the municipalities of Miraflores de la Sierra and Soto del Real, and No. 131 (Perimeter of Lozoya), have been requested for inclusion by the Community of Madrid. These mountains, owned by the Community of Madrid, are partially included in the national park. Full inclusion is sought due to similar or greater natural values in the excluded areas, enhancing the definition of the park’s limits.

Finally, the Autonomous Organization of National Parks has been asked to include the entire Cabeza de Hierro mountain, the heart of the national park, which wasn’t incorporated earlier due to private ownership objections. Now state-owned, it is proposed to consider its full inclusion in the park.

The expansion proposal contributes 3,048.17 hectares to the national park, representing an 8.97% increase in the total area of the Sierra de Guadarrama National Park and a 14.04% increase in the park’s surface in the Community of Madrid.

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  • Preserving Paradise: The Community of Madrid’s Park Expansion Plan.
  • Sierra Symphony: A Proposal for Enlarging Nature’s Stage.
  • In Harmony with Nature: Unveiling the Sierra de Guadarrama Expansion.
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Roe Deer and Wolves: A Shifting Ecological Balance in Guadarrama National Park

The roe deer holds a special place in the Guadarrama National Park, not only for its beauty but also because it serves as a valuable indicator of human activities within the area. It is a living testament to the history of Guadarrama itself. There have been traces of this species dating back to the Middle and Upper Pleistocene in Pinilla del Valle, showcasing its presence in this region even during crucial Pleistocene refuges in the Sierra, which played a pivotal role in the species’ recovery after glacial periods.

Roe deer historically in the Sierra de Guadarrama

During the 17th century, roe deer populations across Europe suffered a significant decline due to deforestation, livestock farming, and intensive hunting. In the early 19th century, Graells was still hunting them throughout the Sierra de Guadarrama. (Mariano de la Paz Graells, a Spanish naturalist and biologist who lived during the 19th century. He was known for his contributions to the field of natural history and was involved in the study of various aspects of Spain’s flora and fauna during his time.)

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