Friday, February 3, 2023

Nature

Twenty-four marine animal strandings recorded along Spain’s Doñana coasts this year—including endangered green turtle

THIS year, 2022, has seen multiple marine animals stranded on the coasts of Doñana. The annual Doñana Natural Area Management Report on observations and strandings...

Puzzling mass arrival of ‘penguin birds’ to Spanish coasts

THE mysterious mass arrival of penguin-like birds to Spanish coasts is surprising experts. According to wildlife experts, several specimens of 'Alca torda' or 'penguin birds'...

Scientists find fossils of Europe’s largest-ever turtle in Spain with size like VW Beetle car

SCIENTISTS have identified fossil remains dating back 70 million years as belonging to the largest-ever turtle recorded in Europe. A set of bones were found...

Happy tenth birthday to first gorilla born in Spain’s Valencia region

BIOPARC Valencia got out the bunting on Wednesday to celebrate the tenth birthday of the first gorilla to be born in the Valencian Community. Ebo's...

HEART-WARMING TAILS OF LA ALPUJARRA…

THE Alpujarra is a region known for its fantastic range of fauna and flora. Its cultivated slopes play home to everything from roaming Ibex...

Sea urchin poacher gets surprised by police while exiting sea on Spain’s Costa Blanca

A sea urchin poacher was caught in the act by the Guardia Civil as he got out of the water in a rocky area...

WATCH: Beautiful encounter between dog and dolphin in Galician port, northwestern Spain

AN owner has captured the extraordinary encounter between his dog and a dolphin as they played together in waters off Spain’s northwestern region of...

WATCH: Heartwarming moment firefighters help a deer caught in wildfire in northeastern Spain

A TEAM of firefighters battling flames in Aragon have shared a video of them giving water to a roe deer and soothing its burns,...

Illegal Mediterranean tortoise breeding farm closed down on Spain’s Costa Blanca

AN illegal Mediterranean tortoise hatchery at an Elche finca has been shut down by the Guardia Civil. 27 animals have been removed by the Guardia's...

WATCH: Heartwarming moment firefighters give water to young deer trapped by wildfires in Spain

FIRES are devastating vast swathes of woodland across northern Spain in what authorities predict will be the worst year for at least a decade. But...

Migrating white stork birds are staying put in Spain to live off landfill sites

WHITE storks are preferring to stay in Spain rather than migrating to Africa for the winter, as landfill sites are giving them plenty of...

Shock and claw: Three new crab species discovered in waters off Spain’s Andalucia

RESEARCHERS from the Spanish National Research Council have discovered two new species of hermit crab and one new species of spider crab in Andalucian...

Off the beaten track: Escape to Arcadia with a holiday in Spain’s northern region Asturias

It’s said the rain in Spain falls mainly in Asturias … But when Olive Press editor Jon Clarke swapped the crowded Costas for a summer break in this peaceful pastoral paradise, he only wore his raincoat once.

British red kites released in Extremadura to boost Spain’s population of threatened species

MORE than thirty years ago, Spain sent red kites to the UK to boost a population that was on the verge of extinction. The...

Heatwave: How unseasonably high temperatures are taking a toll on Spain’s nesting birds

BABY birds are crawling out of their nests and plummeting to their deaths as they try to escape soaring temperatures one of the earliest...

WATCH: Heartwarming moment young deer is rescued from wildfire zone in hills above Spain’s Costa del Sol

HUNDREDS of firefighters risked their lives battling to control the wildfire raging across the hills outside Benahavis above Spain’s Costa del Sol. Apocalyptic images of...

Benidorm’s Terra Natura park welcomes deadly tarantula and snakes seized from Costa Blanca house in Spain

A poisonous tarantula and two snakes have been removed from an Altea house and taken to Benidorm's Terra Natura nature and animal park. Altea council...

PP fails in bid to overturn wolf hunting ban in Spain

A BID to overturn Spain’s wolf hunting ban by Spain’s conservative opposition party has been rejected by parliament. The Popular Party (PP), supported by several...

Who is that crawling up my wall? What you should know about geckos in Spain

Anyone who has a country property probably knows well the sticky footed lizards known as geckos.

Spain finally drops subsidies for circuses that use wild animals in victory for animal rights campaigners

CIRCUSES with wild animals have at last been excluded from the list of cultural activities eligible for government grants. In 2019, the Ministry of Culture...

Shaggy dog stories: Meet the characters at ADANA animal shelter in Estepona on Spain’s Costa del Sol

A volunteer at ADANA dog rescue centre in the hills above Estepona, Ian Ryles has discovered a deep love for those dogs that no one else seems to want.

Iberian lynx takes up residence in sleepy town in Spain’s Extremadura

THERE’S no place like home and for the last few days an Iberian lynx has taken up residence in a quiet town in Extremadura. Esparragosa...

New pollution ‘catastrophe’ warning for Mar Menor lagoon in Spain’s Murcia region

MURCIA'S Mar Menor lagoon is facing a new 'environmental catastrophe' according to a local council. Recent heavy rainfall and rising temperatures has led to increased...

Castellon Province natural park boss investigated over 12 donkey deaths in Spain’s Valencia region

THE head of the Desert de les Palmes Natural Park, Toni Garcia, is being investigated by the Guardia Civil over the death of a...

Heed the news: More needs to be done to protect the environment

APART from the devastating and deeply upsetting events unfolding in Ukraine, two very noteworthy pieces of news were in the news last week that...

ANALYSIS: Octopus farms raise huge animal welfare concerns – and they’re unsustainable too

A proposed new large-scale octopus farm in Spain is a huge risk to the welfare of this sentient and intelligent animal.

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