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Travellers' Nature Guides: Spain

Teresa Farino and Mike Lockwood

published by Oxford University Press in 2003
ISBN 0-19-850435-7

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"Spain is linked inextricably in many people's minds with sun-drenched beaches, manicured golf-courses, paella and sherry, and the ideal package holiday. Dig a little deeper and you might find images of black fighting bulls, azulejos (painted ceramic tiles), flamenco dancers, Don Quixote, Velázquez or Salvador Dalí, and yet there is so much more to this southwest European enclave than the glossy tourist brochures would have us believe. Spain harbours snow-capped mountains in excess of 3,000m, ancient deciduous forests that are home to bear and capercaillie, the unique wood-pasture known as dehesa that is the destination of thousands of cranes each winter, arid pseudosteppes populated by stately great bustards and whirring sandgrouse, and mighty rivers terminating in coastal estuaries and deltas teeming with waterbirds, not forgetting the Balearic archipelago, adrift in the azure Mediterranean, harbouring a unique flora and prolific seabird colonies. And when you consider that this diversity of habitats contains more than 7000 species of vascular plant, 85 native terrestrial mammals, 500-odd birds cited in the past century, 70 native herptiles and 227 butterflies - with a high level of endemism in most groups - it is clear that Spain is home to a wealth of flora and fauna unrivalled in western Europe today."

The main objective of this indispensable guide for the travelling naturalist is to describe the best places to see wildlife in Spain. Following the Overview, which gives background information about geography, climate, history, habitats and vegetation, and Spain's flora and fauna, it is divided into nine chapters covering mainland Spain and the Balearic Islands, with an additional chapter dedicated to sites shared with Portugal. The 158 principal entries describe the habitats, animals and plants of Spain's most important wildlife refuges and protected areas, as well as giving information about access, with an additional 200-plus short entries indicating other sites of interest in the area.

Paperback; 463 pages, with colour photographs, line drawings and maps.


  • Overview
  • Galicia and Asturias
  • Cantabria, Euskadi and La Rioja
  • Aragón and Navarra
  • Catalunya
  • Balears
  • Castilla y León and Madrid
  • Extremadura and Castilla-La Mancha
  • País ValenciÓ and Murcia
  • Andalucía
  • Cross-border sites
  • Glossary
  • Useful contacts
  • Further reading
  • Index to place names
  • Key to map symbols

When writing Traveller's Nature Guide: Spain, we made a decision to use the common names of animals and plants wherever possible, but at the end of the day there was not room in the book for a list of their scientific equivalents. Click here to consult these species lists.

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