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The Nature Guide to Extremadura, Spain

…one of those places I’d love to experience for myself

The Nature Guide to Extremadura, Spain - By Dirk Hilbers | CROSSBILL GUIDES - KNNV | Softcover | 2011 | Edition: 2 | ISBN: 9050113818 | 224 pages, col photos, col illus.

The Publishers Say:

The remote region of Extremadura in southwestern Spain is characterised by gently rolling hills with a savannah-like landscape, suddenly interspersed with rugged mountain chains and steep river gorges. It is a wild, thinly populated area with vast plains, dense mountain forests, flower-lined streams, dramatic cliffs and empty, wavy grasslands. Its landscapes are desolate and lovely at the same time; a strange mixture that has pulled and enchanted many visitors.

Extremadura is one of those ancient rural regions, shaped by man and shaping him over the course of centuries. The result is a rich flora and fauna and a unique traditional rural lifestyle with tiny villages and ancient cities. But above all, Extremadura is famous for its unsurpassed birdlife. Nowhere in Europe will you find so many birds of prey. Eagles, vultures and kites are everywhere and include rarities such as the Spanish imperial eagle, the black vulture and the black-shouldered kite. The rural landscape sustains incredible numbers of hoopoes, bee-eaters, rollers, shrikes and other beautiful birds. No other grasslands in Europe have such a fine assembly of steppe birds.Its as if I had toothache and someone handed me some silver paper to chew – making it soooo much worse! I’ve not only wanted to visit this region of Spain for years I had the opportunity to go this year and illness stepped in and, almost literally, cut me off at the knees – so it remains one of those places I’d love to experience for myself. I guess this book is the next best thing as it is richly illustrated and informatively written and even gives one routes and targets to go for. Moreover, I will now go, if I get the chance, to somewhere I know more about. I have long been attracted by the birds but am now better informed on its history and landscape and so much more.

I see there are guides to other Spanish provinces and a number of other places such as in Poland & Hungary where I have birded and I expect those volumes to be equally informative and entertaining on the eye.

The Nature Guide to Extremadura, Spain