WILDLIFE

If you do some of the local walks you will be rewarded with a great variety of flowers and bird life, as well as native and cultivated trees and even perhaps the odd encounter with a fox (Zorro), Wild boar ( jabalí), Arui (Mouflon), Iberian Red Squirrels, etc.

There is now a thriving colony of vultures above Confrides and Golden Eagles are an increasingly common sight.

The Guadalest valley is returning to it's wild state, with trees now protected and many of the terraces from the early part of the last century now abandoned. There are large areas of hillside that are now inaccessible and undisturbed, thus making it an ideal haven for wildlife.

Spain has more varieties of wildlife than any other country in Europe. It is home to some of the rarest species on the planet such as the Spanish Imperial Eagle and the Iberian Lynx. Wolves can still be found in parts of Spain, their numbers are growing but they are very unlikely to disturb your Spanish idyll.

Spain is a bird lover's dream with 70% of Europe's bird species either visiting or breeding in Spain. Rare birds of prey such as the black vulture and Eleonora's falcon can be seen if you get lucky. 25 different bat species inhabit mainland Spain and the countryside abounds with butterflies of many colours and varieties.

  • Bird Watching

    Bird Watching

    The local mountains and coast provide great opportunities for birding, recently we sat down for a picnic on Sierra Serrella…

    Bird Watching

    The local mountains and coast provide great opportunities for birding, recently we sat down for a picnic on Sierra Serrella…

  • Snakes

    Snakes

    Snakes are quite widespread in Spain, but you are probably unlikely to see one as they stay well away from…

    Snakes

    Snakes are quite widespread in Spain, but you are probably unlikely to see one as they stay well away from…

  • Insects

    Insects

    In many years of vists to the area we've never experienced anything other than the odd Mosquito bite - however…

    Insects

    In many years of vists to the area we've never experienced anything other than the odd Mosquito bite - however…

  •  Lizards, Geckos and other reptiles on the Costa Blanca

    Lizards, Geckos and other reptiles on…

    Reptiles like sun, dry conditions and plenty of hiding spaces, so Spain is much to their liking. Here are some…

    Lizards, Geckos and other reptiles on the Costa Blanca

    Reptiles like sun, dry conditions and plenty of hiding spaces, so Spain is much to their liking. Here are some…

  • Mammals

    Mammals

    One lady in the village described to us how early one morning a wild boar (JabalÍs) crossed the road as…

    Mammals

    One lady in the village described to us how early one morning a wild boar (JabalÍs) crossed the road as…

  • El Arca Animal Sanctuary

    El Arca Animal Sanctuary

    Spain has often been criticised for its uncaring atitutude to animals, but incidences of cruelty and neglect are not confined…

    El Arca Animal Sanctuary

    Spain has often been criticised for its uncaring atitutude to animals, but incidences of cruelty and neglect are not confined…