Natural history

Articles in ‘Natural history’

Guadí’s snake?

October 4th, 2013
Foto: We came on this very young horseshoe whipsnake this morning on the stone steps of Guadi's Bodega Güell in El Garraf built as a winery for the slave-enriched Catalan industrialist Güell. Albert, our toddler, was very excited by his first snake. Not venomous but this one was certainly feisty.

We came on this very young horseshoe whipsnake this morning on the stone steps of Guadi’s Bodega Güell in El Garraf built as a winery for the slave-enriched Catalan industrialist Güell. Albert, our toddler, was very excited by his first snake. Not venomous but this one was certainly feisty.

Collserola protected

October 20th, 2010

Lucy has written this excellent summary of the news of Collserola’s protection.

Barcelona fishing industry dying

May 15th, 2009

Excellent article from the Metropolitan on the catastrophic decline of Barcelona’s and Badalona’s once thriving fishing industry as a result of overfishing, effluent plastic and heavy metal pollution.

Read In Barcelona Metropolitan

“Fifteen years ago, there were 80 fishing boats in the Badalona fleet,” said Ramón Costa. “Five years ago, there were 40. Last year there were 15. Now, the fleet is down to only eight boats. Simply put, there aren’t enough fish left.”

Birding pals in Barcelona

May 14th, 2009

The Birdingpal website gives birders the opportinity to travellers to go out with local birders. Just look for a birder in Barcelona and email them and I presume share any transport costs.

Birdingpal.org
Description of day out

Birds of Barcelona (IbNat)

Trees in Barcelona

April 27th, 2009

What Barcelona lacks for in parks and green area, it partly makes up for with its trees, particularly those plants along the city’s streets.

According the Council there are:

  • More than 151,000 trees on the city’s streets and avenues. Sant Martí and the Eixample, with 30,788 and 22,090 trees respectively, are the districts with most trees in Barcelona. In the rest of the city -with the exception of Ciutat Vella and Gràcia, which have an urban structure that makes planting difficult- there are approximately 12,000 to 15,000 street-lining trees.
  • There are 141 species of street- lining trees in Barcelona. 11 main species represent 77% of the total number of specimens. The most common is the London plane (Platanus x hispanica), with 50,000 specimens. These are followed by the European Hackberry (Celtis australis), with 18,460 specimens and further behind -with between 8,000 and 4,000 specimens – by the Japanese pagodatree (Sophora japonica), the Lombardy poplar (Populus nigra ‘Italica’), the elm (Ulmus pumila), the tipuana (Tipuana tipu), the black locust (Robinia pseudoacacia), the bottle tree (Brachtchiton populneus), the chinaberry (Melia azedarach) and, with fewer than 4,000 specimens, the glossy privet (Ligustrum lucidum) and the box elder (Acer negundo). Lots more information here
  • There are also some 5,000 palm trees in Barcelona

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