About La Mancha & Sierra Morena

 NATURA INDÓMITA The Birding specialist in La Mancha & Sierra Morena (SPAIN)  

Located in the center of Spain, at the edge of Extremadura and Andalusia, La Mancha & Sierra Morena is one of the most outstanding natural territories in Europe.

 

Mojina y Calatrava Natura Indomita

 

Covering almost all the province of Ciudad Real (region of Castile-La Mancha) and the northern sides of the provinces of Jaen and Cordoba (Andalusia region), this fabulous hinterland host some of the best natural areas in the Iberian Peninsula, including 2 National Parks, 5 Natural Parks and numberless list of other protected natural areas that make it one of the Spain’s largest protected natural areas:

 

National Parks:

-Tablas de Daimiel (Ciudad Real province) 1.928 Ha.

-Cabañeros (Ciudad Real province) 40.856 Ha.

 

Natural Parks:

-Valle de Alcudia & Sierra Madrona (Ciudad Real province) 149.543 Ha.

-Sierra de Andujar (Jaén province) 74.774 Ha.

-Sierras de Cardena & Montoro (Córdoba province) 38.449 Ha.

-Despeñaperros (Jaen province) 7.649 Ha.

-Lagunas de Ruidera (Ciudad Real province) 3.772 Ha.

 

Other protected areas of international importance in the Ciudad Real province:

-Special Protection Area La Mancha Wetlands (Biosphere Reserve).

-Special Area of Conservation Volcanic Lagoons of Campo de Calatrava.

-Campo de Calatrava and the SPA of Calatrava Steppes.

-Special Protection Area Campo de Montiel.

-Special Protection Area Ríos de la Cuenca Media del Guadiana.

-Special Protection Area Sierra de los Canalizos.

 

Total amount of SPAs in the Ciudad Real province: 1.579.764 Ha.

Total amount of SACs in the Ciudad Real province: 1.563.971 Ha.

 

This vast area of protected natural spaces, with over 316,000 hectares just between National Parks and Natural Parks, hosts 310 species of birds, 45 mammals species and more than 1,200 plant species, regarding the best representation of Mediterranean Forest in Europe and the most remarkable Wetlands inland Spain.

 

Imperial Calatravena Natura Indomita Drosophyllum florecida Natura Indomita

 

 

The natural region where we operate is composed of 2 united geographical territories but very different between them:

 

La Mancha:

 

This natural Region is part of Castile-La Mancha (Central Spain). Known worldwide as the birthplace of the fictional knight Don Quixote of La Mancha, this area is dominated by vast plains with crops of Olives, Vines and Grains. Its most typical picture, the Windmills of La Mancha, cannot hide the enormous diversity of natural areas that surround it. Thus, La Mancha is known for hosting the most important inland wet areas of Spain, the best-preserved steppe zones located at the South of the Iberian Peninsula, the spectacular mountain scenery of the Cabañeros National Park, the remarkable wetlands of Tablas de Daimiel National Park and the unique volcanic area of Campo de Calatrava, a place that, with the Vesuvius (Naples, Italy) is the only active volcanic area found at Continental Europe.

 

Ciruela en Marzo Natura Indomita

 

Sierra Morena:

 

Extensive mountain range that separates La Mancha region of Andalusia. With mountains that barely exceed 1,300 m.a.s.l., Sierra Morena contains emblematic sceneries as the Sierra de Andujar, home to the only viable population of Iberian Lynx in the world. Nowhere in Europe can be found, in the same space, endangered animals like the Lynx, the Wolf, the Spanish Imperial Eagle, the Bonelli’s Eagle, the Black Stork and the Black Vulture.

 

La Negra Natura Indomita

 

With almost all strictly protected territory, Sierra Morena contains 4 Natural Parks that, in their totality, represent the largest continued & protected natural area of the whole Spain:

 

- Valle de Alcudia & Sierra Madrona (Ciudad Real province)

- Sierra de Andujar (Jaen province)

- Sierras de Cardena & Montoro (Cordoba province)

- Despeñaperros (Jaen province)

 

Unique and little explored, a real experience that can be discovered reminiscing about the famous adventure of two English travellers of the early Twentieth Century in the ancient and wild land of Spain, Abel Chapman and Walter Buck “Unexplored Spain”.

 

Perdicera de Sierra Morena Natura Indomita

 

This is a short list of the most emblematic species of European Nature that can be found in La Mancha & Sierra Morena:

 

-Iberian Lynx Lynx pardinus

-Iberian Wolf Canis lupus signatus

-Iberian Ibex Capra pyrenaica

-Squacco Heron Ardeola Ralloides

-Black Stork Ciconia nigra

-Marbled Teal Marmaronetta angustirostris

-White-Headed Duck Oxyura leucocephala

-Black Vulture Aegypius monachus

-Spanish Imperial Eagle Aquila adalberti

-Bonelli’s Eagle Hieraaetus fasciatus

-Black-Shouldered Kite Elanus caeruleus

-Lesser Kestrel Falco naumanni

-Red-Knobed Coot Fulica cristata

-Great Bustard Otis tarda

-Little Bustard Tetrax tetrax

-Pin-Tailed Sandgrouse Pterocles alchatta

-White-Rumped Swift Apus caffer

-Azur-Winged Magpie Cyanopica cooki

 

An extraordinary number of species that binds, to its uniqueness, the abundance and proximity that can be seen in our territory.

 

Malvasia Navasequense Natura Indomita La cabrilla Natura Indomita

 

 

You can also see:

 

icono pdf1 TOP 50 Birds List of La Mancha & Sierra Morena

 

icono pdf1TOP 20 Mammals List of La Mancha & Sierra Morena

 

icono pdf1 TOP 10 Reptiles List of La Mancha & Sierra Morena

Contact

C/ Ejido de San Juan, 39
13720 - Almagro (Ciudad Real)
Phone: 926-860806
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