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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
Written by David & Yanina.
Eco-Tourism Guides at Visit Natura.