Archive for October, 2013

California kingsnakes in Gran Canaria

Wednesday, October 23rd, 2013

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The California kingsnake was introduced to Gran Canaria accidentally or deliberately several years ago from individuals bred in captivity. The snakes now represent a deadly threat to the Gran Canaria giant lizard (Gallotia stehlini) and Gran Canaria skink. See also: Californian snakes threaten Canarian biodiversity

Programme to contol the snake

Bat house in Ebro Delta

Wednesday, October 23rd, 2013

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Huge bat house in the Ebro Delta, an ideal habitat for bats with plentiful food but for the absense of shelters. It was built in parts as a concerted atttempt to boost bat numbers in the Delta as a bioagent. The bat house is probably the largest in Europe, Photo by Mon. Source

Bear with cubs

Tuesday, October 22nd, 2013

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A brown bear with two cubs on a crag somewhere in Asturias . Photo by Fundación Oso Pardo

Brown bear population in Spain 2013

Tuesday, October 22nd, 2013

 The population of brown bears in the Cantabrian mountains 2013 has reached more than 200, with 34 cubs raised in  2010. More here

Oldest tree in Spain

Tuesday, October 22nd, 2013

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A good candidate to the oldest tree in Spain is a yew named tejo de Barondillo in the  Sierra de Guadarrama, Northeast Madrid. This tree germinated around the year 500 CE ± 300, making it around 1500 ± 300 years old, though other estimates put it as old as 2000 years. More details here and here

The Iberian lynx and the Scottish wildcat

Friday, October 4th, 2013

Good article comparing the relative efforts of Spain and Scotland to save its endangered felines: the Iberian lynx and the Scottish wildcat. The first, principally the Andalucian government, has spent 30 million euros, the latter,just 200,000. The lynx is on its rocky way to some form of recovery, while the wildcat looks likes becoming extinct within a decade or two. Here in the Guardian