|Birding in las Villuercas, los Ibores and la Jara|
|The Villuercas Ibores Jara Geopark is a bird-watching location not commonly known. Sometimes it is mentioned on other sites and in some trip reports, but little to no background information is given. It is usually the same few routes and observation points that are described. Which is a pity because this area has a lot more to offer.
While it is true that most of the birds that can be observed here can also be seen elsewhere in Extremadura, there is no other place with a landscape as varied as this Geopark. In a relatively small area you find many different ecosystems ranging from landscapes with Atlantic forests on the slopes of mountains, to mountain streams and Mediterranean ecosystems more typical of this latitude. This variety of ecosystems has created a botanical and fauna diversity that is among the most important in Spain.
Because of the very low population density of under 6 inhabitants per km² (just over 2 per mi²) the region has remained a natural paradise, ready to be discovered by lovers of nature in its purest form and where you can enjoy observing a huge variety of species.
But it doesn't stop there. Throughout the Geopark there are other interesting aspects of nature that can be added to your bird observation. You may expect to see many red deer in the East of the area, in the mountains of Hospital del Obispo (CC-20), South of Navatrasierra.
In the whole area you may very well see wild boars, foxes, badgers, Egyptian mongooses, genets and martins. In the watery parts live otters, turtles, newts, salamanders and a variety of dragonflies and butterflies. Add to this the large number of orchids and other herbs with beautiful flowers such as peony, bastard balm, daffodil, hyacinth and gladiolus that can be found, and you have a wealth of nature to observe.
|Welcome to Paradise!|