Archive for July, 2010

Cockling in Doñana

Saturday, July 31st, 2010

Cockling is one of the few traditional activities permitted in Doñana National Park. 

Coquineros en las playas de Doñana

July nature news

Saturday, July 31st, 2010

Un urogallo cantábrico macho en celo

Apologies to regular readers. I’ve been neglecting this blog recently as I’ve been working feverously on the wildworld project. Here are a few news items I’ve missed:

Project to save the capercaillie in Asturias and Cantabria (RTVE) Only 500 birds are left in the entire Cantabrian mountains (above photo)

80 loggerhead turtles released in Cabo de Gata A total of 376 are to be set free

Lammergeyer return to the Picos de Europa Historic release of two females in the Picos de Europa, the first for 70 years. See also Lisa’s description of the release here.

Female lynx found dead in Sierra Morena

World’s largest solar power station opens in Spain

Tuesday, July 13th, 2010

Spain has just opened the world’s largest solar power station, with which it has overtaken the USA as the biggest solar generator. The country’s total solar power production is now equivalent to the output of a nuclear power station. The new La Florida solar plant in Badajoz is a parabolic trough which collects solar energy by reflecting it off a parabolic mirror on to a fluid-filled tub. Read in The Guardian

Goya’s Madrid hill saved from builders

Thursday, July 8th, 2010

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Environmentalists battling to save a popular green ridge in old Madrid depicted in Francisco de Goya’s painting La Pradera de San Isidro have won a reprieve from development. Read Goya’s hill saved from developers (The Independent)

Building craze threatens biosphere status of Lanzarote

Wednesday, July 7th, 2010

Many tourists travel to Lanzarote for nothing more than a sunny beach and a pitcher of sangria with a cliff-top view. But the Spanish Canary Island is also a Unesco biosphere site: an arid stretch of lava fields, salt marshes and coastal mountains where high-rises are taboo. And for decades, the island’s elegant-and-ecological style of tourism defied the…Read in The Independent

Effect of forest fire on birds in the Pyrenees

Tuesday, July 6th, 2010
Spanish researchers have assessed the impact of the burning of a scrubland area of broom on the birds of the Catalan Pyrenees. By analyzing a period of 50 years following the fire, the scientists found that the birds that recover most slowly are those that live in the high mountain areas. For many of them, this recovery takes more than one or two decades following the fire. Science Daily

Bears spotted close to Pyrenean tourist area

Friday, July 2nd, 2010

Foto de la Noticia

Three bears have been spotted by wildlife photographer Oriol Alemany close to a tourist area in the Vall d’Aran. The two sub-adults and one adult are almost certainly Hvala and her offspring Nhèu’ y ‘Noisette’. The animals are being tracked to reduce the risk of tourists disturbing them. Here