17th - 24th October 2015
The Sierra de Cazorla is one of the most important hot-spots for diverse wildlife in the Mediterranean Basin.
It is arguably best known for it's thriving population of Iberian Ibex, which roam the limestone massifs fo this natural park. In the extensive forests there are Red Squirrels, Wild Boar, Beech Marten, Red and Fallow Deer. In recent years there has been a very successful re-introduction of Lammergeier (Bearded Vulture), which has culminated in the first successful breeding there for over 30 years! Reptiles and amphibians are abound with good populations of Ocellated Lizard, Spanish Psammodromus, Southern Marbled Newt and the much sought-after Fire Salamander. With more than 2.500 plant species it holds almost 25 % of the total vegetal biodiversity of the Iberian Peninsula - 30 being endemic to these mountains and 100 being endemic to Andalucia.
The Sierra de Andujar in northern Andalucia forms part of the Sierra Morena mountain chain and has a landscape formed from granite, quartz and slate, which is bordered by the Jandula and Yeguas Rivers. The natural park currently holds around 70% of the world population of Iberian Lynx and is working hard to increase this figure with habitat creation and an increased Rabbit population - this feline's favourite meal.
This gorgeous animal lives within some of the last remaining pristine Mediterranean forest where it specialises in hunting primarily lagomorphs, but also other prey. This ancient woodland is open and spacious - primarily of Holm, Gall and Cork Oak, though Alder, Mountain Ash and Poplars are to be found along the rivers and meadows. In this quiet and relatively unpopulated region, Spain’s wild animals thrive with Otter, Wild Boar, Moufflon and Spanish Ibex occasionally being seen. This unique natural reserve also hold a large population of raptor species with good numbers of Spanish Imperial and Golden Eagle, Black and Griffon Vulture.
There is something for everyone!
Special Wildlife Guide - Fernando Bautista Exposito