Small rodents discourage forest growth in Spain

August 28th, 2009

Research in five degraded landscapes in the National Park of Sierra Nevada (Granada) appears to show that field mice base their diet on holm oak and pine seeds, causing a deterioration of the habitats and an extension of scrubland in the forests. Science Daily


January 28th, 2009

Some lovely photos by Maria of Mt Trevenque in the Sierra Nevada covered in snow. Maria notes “It is not linked by ridges to any other peak, has the ideal mountain profile and has one of the best summits in the Sierra Nevada. Oh, if only it were 1000m higher.”

Shepherd uses wild boar to control his sheep

September 15th, 2008

Appros of nothing in particular, a story here from the Olive Press about a shepherd in Granada who uses a wild boar to control his sheep. Read

Cazorla lammergeyer shot in Granada

April 29th, 2008

One of the lammergeyers released in the Sierra de Cazorla as part of the reintroduction programme has been found shot dead in the nearby Sierra de Castril (Granada). Its body was found thanks to the satellite tagging system fitted to all the released birds. The female was born at the lammergeyer breeding centre in Guadalentín (Jaén) where another 14 birds have been born. This is the first bearded vulture to be shot since the reintroduction programme began. The programme is to go ahead and three more birds are to be released in May. El País

Hyenas and zebras in Granada

November 7th, 2007

Intersting news item from the BBC on the existence of giant hyenas, sabretoothed cats, giraffes and zebras in Spain 1.8 million years ago.

“The creatures’ remains were among a vast fossil hoard unearthed at an ancient hyena den in Granada. The area appears to have been a crossroads where European animals mixed with species from Africa and Asia. About 4,000 fossils have been found at the unique site. They also include gazelles, wolves, wild boar and lynx. Read on the BBC + Project site here (Thanks Clive)

The brown hyena lived in Europe 1.8 million years ago