After 15,000 years, European bison and other megafauna return to long-lost habitat in the Cantabrian mountains, Northern Spain. Goal of the project is ecological restoration and sustainable management of the forest landscape. Anciles Valley Wildlife Reserve is being developed into an important model project for ecological and rural development. Landscape and ecological values are protected and restored, the area’s natural resilience to climate change will be improved whilst encouraging the use of the reserve as a resource for wildlife-based ecotourism and delivering a range of ecological services.
Doñana National Park in Andalusia occupies the right bank of the Guadalquivir river at its estuary on the Atlantic Ocean. It is notable for the great diversity of its biotopes, especially lagoons, marshlands, fixed and mobile dunes, scrub woodland and maquis. It is one of the largest heronries in the Mediterranean region and is the wintering site for more than 500,000 water fowl each year.