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Hermann’s tortoises for Valencia

Saturday, March 13th, 2010

More than three hundred Hermann's tortoises, many previously kept as pets, have been released into the Sierra de Irta (Castellón). They appear to have adapted well to the area and may already be breeding. The aim is to build up a stable population in region. Although the only original population ...

Worst storms in Valencia’s history

Wednesday, October 17th, 2007

With torrential rains and several deaths from storms in Valencia and Alicante in the last few weeks, it is worth remembering that the Mediterranean coast is characterised by extreme weather events in autumn and has always suffered from flooding, though year's events have been grossly aggravated by building on flood plains and near dry ...

Trapping birds with limesticks – ‘paranys’

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014

Sometimes it is hard to know what to write. I want to write about positive things and I want to show people what an amazing country I have chosen to make my home. I have many friends that work hard to protect the stunning place that is called Iberia. However, ...

The best Spanish food books

Thursday, September 16th, 2010

This is a list of my favourite Spanish recipe and food books in English. Enjoy. 1080 Recipes Absolute classic book by Simone Ortega translated from the Spanish. This is THE essential Spanish food book packed with 1080 recipes of all kinds.) As the Observer put it "If you want to prepare truly ...

Weather records in Spain in January

Thursday, March 11th, 2010

A number of weather records were smashed in Spain in January 2010. There will be more for February when they are published.

Sparrows in Spain

Sunday, February 7th, 2010

The house sparrow is still probably the commonest bird in Spain with some 10 million pairs, and although they are certainly not threatened as they are in, say, Britain which has lost 5 million pairs in the last 30 years, some areas have shown alarming trends. The birds are less ...

Petition to stop parany hunting

Monday, July 13th, 2009

The illegal trapping of thousands of migrant birds in Valencia could become legal again as hunters try to get legislation changed. The bird are caught using the technique known as parany, which involves trapping birds using poles covered with sticky bird lime. Although illegal in Spain, its continuing practice is ...

Tourism in Spain under threat

Friday, March 27th, 2009

Spain is currently the world's second-biggest tourist destination after France, with the population of 45 million being bolstered every year by as many as 60 million foreign visitors, 80% of whom flock to the coasts. Tourism contributes more than 11 per cent of Spain's GDP and employs more than two ...

Spanish seas need more protection

Thursday, February 19th, 2009

According to a new report by Oceana, if Spain is to meet the deadline in three years imposed by the United Nations to protect at least 10% of the world’s marine areas, it needs to rapidly increase the paltry 0.5% currently protected. This means protecting almost 65 km2 a day. The ...

A natural history trip across Spain

Sunday, October 26th, 2008

Lisa has posted this very interesting series of natural history reports on her journey across north-east Spain. Setting off from Cantabria she passes through Cañon del Rio Lobos, Gallocanta, the Valencian coast, the Oliva marshes, the Serra de Espadá, the Ebro Delta, El Garraf, Llobregat Delta and the Monegros, on ...