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Blog and website updates / The Grazalema Natural Park – Flowering plants in April
« Last post by Clive on February 14, 2018, 11:58 AM »
The Grazalema Natural Park – Flowering plants in April

Colour is spreading into every corner as now, according to the calendars, spring is official. Our surroundings become a painter’s paradise as lush plants vie for attention, their soft edges contrasting with the sharp mountain landscape. Botanising amongst the orchids is sheer pleasure as more species are appearing in bloom and photographers beware – extra … Continue reading The Grazalema Natural Park – Flowering plants in April
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Blog and website updates / The Best Paradors in Natural Parks of Spain
« Last post by Clive on February 07, 2018, 11:57 AM »
The Best Paradors in Natural Parks of Spain

Founded in 1928 by order of King Alphonso XIII the Paradores of Spain are made up of medieval castles, Moorish fortresses, ancient monasteries, palaces and stately homes. Many paradors are set in town and city centres whlst others are situated within large estates and stunning natural parks…. There are now over 90 paradors in Spain … Continue reading The Best Paradors in Natural Parks of Spain
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Blog and website updates / Cork and its huge importance to the environment
« Last post by Clive on January 24, 2018, 11:56 AM »
Cork and its huge importance to the environment

Quercus suber is a type of evergreen oak tree native to the Mediterranean region. The tree has adapted to the problems of fire and drought in this area by growing a thicker bark as a protective layer. This outer layer of cork has many industrial uses and huge open forests have been developed to benefit … Continue reading Cork and its huge importance to the environment
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flowers, shrubs and grasses etc / Re: Plant for identification
« Last post by quentin on December 12, 2017, 14:33 PM »
Thanks very much both of you. It certainly looks like a Juniper.
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Blog and website updates / Grazalema – The emblematic white village of the Sierra
« Last post by Clive on December 12, 2017, 11:57 AM »
Grazalema – The emblematic white village of the Sierra

Grazalema is a traditional white village (pueblo blanco) located in the north-eastern area of Cadiz province. It nestles amongst the beautiful mountains of the Sierra de Grazalema and has a local population of around 2000 people inhabiting the village and surrounding countryside. Set in a protected area popular for nature and outdoor enthusiasts the village … Continue reading Grazalema – The emblematic white village of the Sierra
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flowers, shrubs and grasses etc / Re: Plant for identification
« Last post by Clive on December 11, 2017, 19:42 PM »
I'd go for a Juniper as well although, at first, i thought it was a young pinsapo.....
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flowers, shrubs and grasses etc / Re: Plant for identification
« Last post by Petrea on December 11, 2017, 16:16 PM »
Could be a young Spanish juniper, Juniperus oxycedrus. The young branches are much softer than the older, more "juniper"-like ones.

Saludos
Petrea
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flowers, shrubs and grasses etc / Plant for identification
« Last post by quentin on December 11, 2017, 12:51 PM »
Hello,

I came across this plant a couple of weeks ago. It was in the Cumbre Verdes, an area on the west side of the Sierra Nevada mountains in Granada. It was at an elevation of just under 1400m. It was about 90 centimetres high and someone has attempted to support it with string. Superficially it looks like a small pine tree but it just doesn't look quite right. Any ideas anyone?
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January -WINTER WALKING – Nesting Griffon vultures, Broad-leaved iris, Spanish Ibex, resident and wintering birds.

January is a great month for watching Griffon Vultures repairing last year´s nests high on limestone ledges, performing beautifully synchronized flights that are a part of their courtship routines, breeding and incubating their single egg. The parents take turns at sitting on the nest and perform an almost acrobatic change-over at the nest. The cliffs … Continue reading January -WINTER WALKING – Nesting Griffon vultures, Broad-leaved iris, Spanish Ibex, resident and wintering birds.
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February – WINTER WALKING – Bonelli´s eagle and Griffon vultures nesting, start of bird migration, Spanish Ibex. Beginning of wild narcissi, almond blossom and first orchids (Giant orchid). Plus amphibians.

The resident birds will be actively looking for a mate, or existing pairs renovating old nest sites. The latter includes the protected Bonelli’s eagle which can give an amazing aerial display while warding off any large birds which stray into their territory. Griffon vultures will be alternating their incubation duties, imagine piloting an approximately 9ft … Continue reading February – WINTER WALKING – Bonelli´s eagle and Griffon vultures nesting, start of bird migration, Spanish Ibex. Beginning of wild narcissi, almond blossom and first orchids (Giant orchid). Plus amphibians.
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