Iberia: natural history and environment

The weblog of the iberianature website: www.iberianature.com
The environment, geography, nature and landscape of Spain

Monday, February 21, 2005

On the Barcelona-Madrid Ave

...The crane seems now as essential an element of the Spanish landscape as the Osborne bulls, the cotos de caza signs and the roadside bars and brothels... (with flash movie)Read

Tiger mosquitoes coming your way

According to scientists, the nascent Sant Cugat tiger mosquito colony seems to be here to stay. Read

Thursday, February 17, 2005

Climate change in Spain

An immense 800-page report has just been published on the effects of climate change in Spain . The study looks at two possible scenarios for increases in CO2 by 2100
Read (I'm slowly wading through the conclusions in the pdf report and will periodically update it)

See also
Little Ice age in Spain
Pyrenean glaciers melting fast
45 page report here in Spanish pdf

Tuesday, February 15, 2005

Bears to be released into Pyrenees

It looks like the death of Canelle (see BBC article here), the last autochthonous female bear of the Pyrenees, last autumn at the hands of a French hunter has not been in vain. The public and political attention given to the shooting appears to have spurred on the authorities with the announcement of a joint plan for the recover of the brown bear in the Pyrenees by the Spanish, French and Andorran governments. For the time being the bears are to be released on the French side, beginning with five females next September. Read article

See also Record dry January

Monday, February 14, 2005

History of Malaria in Spain (updated)

Every summer thousands of us travel to exotic climes with mosquito nets, jungle-strength cream and anti-malarial drugs. But how ‘foreign' really is Malaria to Spain and Europe ? Read more

The ghost station of Guadalajara

After Zaragoza the high speed Ave train stops at Calatayud. It's a sensible choice. A potential pole of regional development in a dry land. Cranes stand in their dozens over the new blocks. Behind the town the old ... Read more

Sunday, February 06, 2005

Lynxes on heat

One of the last hopes for the incredibly endangered Iberian Lynx, the most threatened cat in the world, is captive breeding. No Iberian lynx has ever bred in captivity but this year the biologists at the El Acebuche centre in Doñana have announced that the seven lynxes at the Centre are on heat - detected by typical changes in behaviour (roaring, meowing – somehow neither word seems right for a lynx – mewling, urine markings, sniffing, banging heads together, licking). The seven have been grouped into Read more

Saturday, February 05, 2005

Record white stork count in Spain

A record number of White Storks have been counted this year in Spain according to the VI International White Stork Census organised by Spanish birders, SEO. 32,923 storks were recorded, almost double the 1994 figure Read article

Friday, February 04, 2005

More new stuff on website

Brown bears not hibernating
Endangered birds in Spain
Change to forest fire law
Spain freezes in Siberian air (George Orwell on the cold in Spain)

Edible sea urchins
Physical geography and geology of Spain
Reptiles in Spain (including lizard eating tradition)

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