Archive for the ‘Cantabrian mountains’ Category

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

Bear in camera trap

Monday, July 22nd, 2013

Summer love

Friday, September 30th, 2011
Lisa over at has an interesting account  of how at least one pair of Cantabrian bears has bred later in the year, in late August, instead of May-June, presumably because of climate change. More here

Interview with Roberto Hartasánchez

Thursday, January 28th, 2010
Interview with Roberto Hartasánchez, the president of FAPAS on Spanish National radio. An interesting ten minute overview of bears, the serious impact of the disappearance of bees, and the state of conservation of the Cantabrian Mountains in general. Listen here.

Good news from Palencia

Saturday, December 5th, 2009
Localizada otra osa con crías en la Montaña Palentina A “new” reproductive female bear with two cubs has been found in Palencia, part of the beleaguered Eastern Cantabrian bear population. With only 30 odd individuals, this population is in a critical state, with at the last count, only two breeding females. In 2008 three cubs were born to the two females only one of which survived, one having been lost to infanticide and the other dying from unknown causes. This discovery of a third female and her two cubs of this year is raises hope for the bears’ future in this region. From Lisa on PicosdeEuropa and originally from (above photo with bear and cubs). This autumn have may been a good one for Cantabrian bears thanks to the mild conditions and plentiful fruit.

Picos de Europa online

Thursday, November 26th, 2009
My friend Lisa who used to write the bear news on iberianature has finally brought on line her long-awaited Picos de Europa guide. This looks likely to become the English-language guide to those stunning mountains. There’s lots of interesting nature stuff on the web including Poison, Palencia and Picos and Return of the Lammergeier.

The Great Mountain Corridor

Thursday, November 26th, 2009

Cantabrian bear groups rejoined

Tuesday, August 18th, 2009

Increase in brown bear population

Monday, July 27th, 2009

Cantabrian nature blog

Wednesday, July 15th, 2009
One of my favourite Spanish nature blogs is Zona Osera (Bear Zone) written by Hector Ruiz from the Valle de Laciana, León. Superb photography and great natural history writing.