Archive for the ‘Valencia’ Category

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 of Hermann’s tortoises in mailand Spain is in Sierra de L’Albera (Girona), other populations in Catalonia have been reintroduced in Delta del Ebro, El Garraf and Sierra del Montsant. There is a also a population on Mallorca and Menorca. (QuercusVia Wild Spain

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 and less common in Madrid and have seen a 90% fall in the orange orchards of Valencia. Crónica Verde

The poet Miguel Hernández described sparrows as the “los gorriones son los niños del aire” – the children of the air,

Electrical storm

Tuesday, August 11th, 2009;topic=2564.0;attach=5095;image

Stunning image of the immense power of an electrical storm in Alicante by Big Vern over on the forum, where he notes:

…we witnessed the most spectacular electrical storm I have ever seen, including those I’ve experienced in the tropics. We live in the Orba valley in the north of the Costa Blanca and this storm seemed to be out at sea; the thunder was very distant. The lightning was continuous and multiple, striking out in all directions – in fact I never saw any of the bolts go to earth. This fantastic light display continued for almost 15 minutes until the huge thunderhead cloud started to break up. Read more

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 rarely prevented. Birders can help by supporting the campaign against it. Birdwatch

Destruction of the Spanish coast

Tuesday, June 2nd, 2009

The destruction of the Spanish coastline is subject to this slideshow in today’s Guardian. In the photos below, Benidorm in 1960 and in 2009.  A graphic example indeed, though I think the sprawl of second homes in the last twenty years has done much more harm and benefitted far fewer people.

See also:

  • Destruction at all co(a)st 2008 Report on the situation of the Spanish coast (Greenpeace) “The Builders and Developers Federation estimates that Spain needs more than 300,000 new dwellings every year. However, during the last four years, this number has almost tripled with 800,000 new dwellings valued between the second half of 2006 and May 2007. Now, the slump in the real estate market has plunged the construction sector into a depression that has affected the entire country.” Excellent review
  • State of the Spanish coast (iberianature 2004)
  • Also in today’s Guardian:  Campaigners warn of threat to one of Spain’s last pristine beaches “Politicians have long promised to bulldoze the Algarrobico hotel, but the 411-room glass and concrete structure still towers over the El Algarrobico beach in Almería, south-east Spain. Now campaigners say the authorities have changed their tune and are opening the way to more building on this stretch of protected Mediterranean coast.

Spanish fighting weasels

Saturday, August 9th, 2008

New iberianatureforum member Big Vern has posted this remarkable photo of two weasels (Sp. comadreja: Lat. Mustela nivalis) fighting at midday somewhere in Alicante. We are probably talking about two males. Note the white feet, characteristic of the southern Spanish variety, and the severed foot on one of them. Read the thread and more photos on this here. Thanks to Vern for permission to use the photo.