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Conservation Facts

Population: 40.5 million
Total Area: 504.782 km2
Population density: 88 per km2
Protected Area: 8.8%
National Parks: 14
“NATURA 2000” sites: 1729
Largest Nature reserve: Donana National Park 50.720 ha

Resident Photographers:

Juan Carlos Muñoz
José B. Ruiz
Iñaki Relanzón
Diego Lopez

Visiting Photographers:

Diego Lopez
Iñaki Relanzón
Laurent Geslin
Magnus Elander
Pete Oxford
Staffan Widstrand
Verena Popp-Hackner

Spain Galleries

The view from a small airplane at the elaborate patterns and striking colours of the salt marshes close to Cadiz is simply breathtaking. Looking south from that same plane one could see the coast of Morocco at the horizon, where another continent is just 60km away.
On the European mainland southern Spain is as close as one can get to Africa – also when it comes to wildlife and habitats. Sun-loving reptiles, spiders and scorpions can be found in these almost desert-like parts of the Iberian peninsula.
Spain is also the raptor country of Europe. In no other country can you see more species of birds of prey. There are
constantly some up in the sky, sometimes hundreds of vultures can be
seen, like in the African plains.
One of the best places in Europe for birdwatching and famous amongst birders around the world is Extremadura, where you can tick some species which will be hard to find elsewhere in souther Europe like the Collared Pratincole, Sand Grouse, Azure-winiged Magpie, Black Vulture, Little Bustard and many more.

Just north of Cadiz the Cota Donana National Park is one of the last refuges for Europe’s most endangered mammal, the Iberian lynx. Wild Wonders of Europe photographer Pete Oxford managed to capture stunning pictures of some of the estimated 200+ cats remaining in the wild.
Unique to Spain is yet another big mammal: the Iberian Ibex, a fairly splendid looking relative of the species in the Alps.
In the central plains bird species are more abundant: some 10.000 Great bustards still gather on the arid fields in spring, where the males perform a spectacular courtship display.
Many of the bird species in Spain are dependant on the extensive agricultural use of the land nowadays with grazing herds of sheep in open fields and pigs and cattle in the dehesas and open forests of cork oak trees. Carcasses of cattle and sheep provide much needed food for Griffon and Bearded Vultures, especially in higher altitudes of the Pyrenees.
Our photographers explored Spain on eight missions – hence there's a lot to see in our galleries. Don’t miss it!