May 122016
 

This morning we provided a 3 hour activity at the hostal Ull de Canals for a group of school children from Ibi, Alicante.

The day began with a presentation and open discussion about bird migration, and why Spain as a country plays such an important part in this amazing natural phenomena.

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We then focussed on two species that although common, lead amazing lives and cover huge distances on their migration between Europe and Africa…the Barn Swallow and the Swift.

Barn Swallow

Barn Swallow

There followed an active question and answer session, many of the children showing a healthy interest and enjoyed sharing their thoughts, stories and comments.

After the presentation we went for a walk through a wooded gorge, looking for birds.  We were very fortunate to see a recently arrived Short Toed Eagle, a bird of prey that spends each winter in Africa before returning to Spain to breed.  It’s principal food is snakes and lizards.  As we neared the end of the walk, we also had good views of three Griffon Vultures.

Griffon Vulture

The morning ended with an open discussion on what we can do to protect birds and the environment in general.

It was a pleasure to see children and young teenagers show such interest in birds and the environment.  Hopefully some of them will carry this interest into their adult lives too.

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Yanina Maggiotto & Dave Warrington.

Eco-Tourism Guides at Visit Natura.

Feb 072016
 

Last week we had the pleasure of providing an eco-tourism activity in the Devesa Forest, Albufera de Valencia for a very special group of clients.  The group comprised thirty scientists from different countries of the SETAC (Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry), all of who showed a deep interest in learning of the Devesa Forest and its dune system.  In particular, they were keen to learn of the formation process, and how human intervention and regeneration projects have restored the area´s natural habitats.

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The group was staying at the Parador de Golf El Saler, so that was the logical starting point for our trip.  We began a walk of around three and a half hours, taking us along the footpaths of the forest, and stopping along the way to explain the history, habitats, flora and fauna.

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We enjoyed seeing different shrubs and aromatic plant species that caught our senses, insects, reptiles and footprints or trail markings of lizards, Mediterranean tortoise and rabbits.

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This of course is not to mention the diversity of the bird life around us…Kestrel, Booted Eagle, Iberian Grey Shrike, Red-legged Partridge, Sandwich Tern, Greenshank, Mallard, and countless paserines all of which made the afternoon very special.

Booted Eagle in Valencia

Booted Eagle

It has been an immense pleasure to share this special tour with some remarkable people who dedicate their lives to investigating, protecting and improving the world in which we all live.

Until next time!

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Written by David & Yanina.

Eco-Tourism Guides at Visit Natura.

Feb 012016
 

La semana pasada David y yo, tuvimos el placer de guiar por el bosque de la Devesa del Parque Natural de l’Albufera a un grupo muy especial. Treinta científicos de diversas nacionalidades de la SETAC (Society of Enviromental Toxicology and Chemistry), quienes mostraron un profundo interés en conocer en profundidad el bosque de la Devesa y todo su sistema dunar. Desde su proceso de formación y las diferentes transformaciones que ha sufrido la zona por la intervención humana hasta los proyectos de regeneración y recuperación de hábitats.

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El grupo se encontraba hospedado en el Parador de Golf de El Saler, por lo que el punto de encuentro fue en la misma recepción y desde ahí comenzamos una ruta de unas 3.30hs caminando por las sendas del bosque, realizando sucesivas paradas explicativas de reconocimiento de flora y fauna.

La Gola o canal de Puchol, el lago de Puchol, el sistema de dunas móviles, el Casal de Esplai todas paradas obligadas en un recorrido donde las distintas especies arbustivas y aromáticas de plantas atraparon todos nuestros sentidos, insectos, reptiles y las huellas de las lagartijas, la tortuga mediterránea, conejos y demás animales terrestres nos hacían cambiar el rumbo con la mirada.

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Sin mencionar la diversidad de aves que nos sobrevolaban… Cernícalos, Águilas Calzadas, Alcaudones, Perdices Rojas, Charranes Patinegros, Archibebes Claros, Anades Azulones, y una infinidad de paserines hicieron que la tarde y la actividad quede en la retina y la memoria de todo el grupo.

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Ha sido un gusto inmenso compartir esta especial excursión con estas admirables personas que investigan y dedican sus vidas a mejorar el mundo y todo lo que vive en él.

Hasta la próxima!

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Escrito por David y Yanina

 

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