1st - 8th June 2013
The Sierra de Cazorla is one of the most important hot-spots of vegetal biodiversity in the Mediterranean Sea Basin. With more than 2.500 vegetal species it is 25 % of the total vegetal biodiversity of the Iberian Peninsula. 30 out of these are endemic of this mountains, 100 out of the total are endemic of Andalucia. On the other hand groups of relevant flowers like narcissus and orchids have a important presence with 13 and 52 species respectively.
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 two rivers - the Jandula and the Yeguas. This Natural Park currently holds around 70% of the world population of Iberian Lynx (c.250 individuals), and is working hard to increase this figure. This gorgeous animal lives within some of the last remaining pristine Mediterranean forest where it specialises in hunting rabbits and birds. This ancient woodland is open and spacious - primarily of Holm, Gall and Cork Oak, though Alder, Ash and Poplars are to be found at the margins of rivers, glades and meadows. In this quiet and relatively unpopulated region, Spain’s wild animals thrive. As well as Iberian Lynx, Otter, Wild Boar, Moufflon, Red & Fallow Deer are occasionally to be 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.
With top local guide - Fernando Bautista Exposito