Iberia: natural history and environment

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The environment, geography, nature and landscape of Spain

Tuesday, March 29, 2005

Montpellier Snake

This was taken in Doñana. It's a young Montpellier snake, the largest and commonest snake in Spain. Read

Monday, March 28, 2005

Zoological errors and omissions in the DRAE

A complaint on the coverage of zoology in the Diccionario de la Real Academia Española Read

Tuesday, March 15, 2005

Full article on Iberian Lynx

The Iberian Lynx, the most endangered of the world’s 36 cats, stands on the edge of extinction...


Saturday, March 12, 2005

Lost lynx population discovered in the Montes de Toledo

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Thursday, March 10, 2005

The Ebro, Barnacles and Mongooses

Barnacles in Spain
Spanish barnacle buffs distinguish two types: the highly prized “de sol”, which grow on sunny and wave-beaten rocks and which are distinguished by their short, fat peduncle (foot); and the less prized “de sombra” or “aguarones” (shaders or grippers), which spend more time below water and have a slenderer and longer body and a higher water content. Read

The River Ebro
Ultimately the word may well derive from the Basque words ibai (river) and ibar (valley), and these from ur meaning water. Linguists have noted similarities with the names of 200 other European rivers and streams (e.g. Ibar in Serbia, Ebrach and several Eberbach in Germany, Irwell in The UK) giving a tantalising clue as to a form of Basque being once spoken throughout Europe before the arrival of Indo-European tribes and languages. Read

Guide E in progress

eagles, earthquakes, eels (not yet), earwig synonyms, the Egyptian mongoose, eucalyptus...Read

Thursday, March 03, 2005

Alien fish, Bird of the Year and Freezing February

My trip to watch track and hopefully see wolves in the Sierra de la Culebra in Zamora has been cancelled due to the weather. Temperatures down to minus seventeen in the area around the hides. These boring bits instead.

Invasive fish in Catalonia
Bonelli's Eagle Bird of the Year for 2005
A Freezing February

Tuesday, March 01, 2005

A viperine snake in Navarra

I took this last August at midday on a shaded stone wall just outside the village of Yesa in Valle de Roncal in Northern Navarra. A path wound its way up from the village to an old hermitage (la Ermita de Santa María). Like many in this part of Spain it is known as the Vía Crucis (Way of the Cross). The path is marked by 14 crosses, the 14 stations of the cross. They were a pious lot these Navarrans. Our friend the Viperine was resting opposite the second one, if I recall. Read

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