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Golden Eagle
Large bird of prey (about 90 cm or 3 ft) and with a large wingspan (about 230 cm or 7.5 ft). It is the largest eagle present in asturias. When perched its powerful silhouette stands out, with a large bill and feathered tarsi. It is a rupicolous specie linked to mountain range areas with little human presence. This bird requires rocky gorges and cliffs to exist for it to be able to nest. It avoids forest areas. Resident in Asturias all year round. It starts its breeding very early, at the end of January, and makes a single laying of 1 to 3 eggs. The nest is located in rock fields or abrupt areas which are difficult to access. Couples are faithful throughout their lives. This raptor feeds on all kinds of prey, although rabbit and hare, pigeons and corvids predominate in its diet.
Eurasian crag martin
This discreet swallow, with brown tones and rock habits, is the only one present all year round in Spain. It nests in rocks, as well as in rural buildings, especially bridges. In winter it gathers in roosts, sometimes made up of thousands of specimens, and descends from the mountains to coasts and wetlands. Their nests closely resemble those of the common swallow. Its most common appearance is that of a brown bird that flies, with incessant comings and goings, along cliffs.
White-winged snowfinch
It is big among snowfinches and has a white stripe on every wing that both together make it unmistakable. They, most of the time, join themselves in the grasslands and rocky fields above the tree level on alpine areas. Picos de Europa National Park is home of several groups of these birds usually found flocks flying along the year.
Pieris brassicae
With a wingspan of 55-65 mm is the largest butterfly among the Pieridae family that occurs in Asturias. They fly from March to October and inhabit a wide range of biotopes, including the degraded by humans.
Polygonia c-album
This butterfly specie distribution includes Northern Africa and from Spain, eastwards, to Japan. It has two generations a year therefore is seen from may to October, mainly throughout our local deciduous forests.
Yellow-billed chough
This member of the Corvidae family inhabits the highest mountains of Northern Spain. It got an elegant flying and gregarious behavior and is well known for overwintering in the mountains and feed on invertebrates as well as on human leftovers.
Wallcreeper (Tichodorma muraria) is a proper alpine bird and one of the most enigmatic and scarce throughout the continent. This colorful animal, fast and restless, can feed and survive high in the mountains as well as by the villages and can be spotted in short distances. Explore the wallcreeper habitat is always an experience on itself however the sight is usually a memorable one.
Vultures (Gyps fulvus, Neophron percnopterus, Gypaetus barbatus). Asturias is home of three resident vulture species and visited by a fourth one (Aegypius monachus). These majestic birds soar above valleys and mountains in search of carcasses to feed on. Although they are mostly big birds (among the largest in Europe) are agile when flying and easy to identify. Since vultures are necrophagous they play a key role within their habitats, mainly in a cattle land alike many mountainous areas in Asturias.
Alpine Accentor
Alpine accentor (Prunella collaris) is a little passerine bird with southern European distribution than can be spotted throughout alpine areas as Picos de Europa National Park. Although they easily display a trusting performance with humans is not easy to reach their breeding and feeding grounds so please be ready to join a beautiful day in the mountains.
Brown Bear
Brown bear (Ursus arctos) is not only an animal in Asturias but an icon, with all its specie attributes and given cultural values by the locals. This specie population is currently scattered throughout two different areas within the Cantabric mountain range where they stay all year long. Deciduous forests hide about 300 individuals of this specie where they feed, mate and breed. Such an extremely southern distribution of this brown bear population is also well known for being in steady contact with humans since the old times.

Nature in Asturias is well represented by deep deciduous forests and rugged mountains but the ocean-atmosphere interaction too. However, although many people know Asturias as “Natural paradise” our home land is actually more a farming area than anything else. Animals (brown bear population -for instance- is local, not reintroduced) plants and humans have coexisted for thousands of years therefore our natural heritage really needs a cultural approach.

Geoface support a cultural conservation of the Asturian natural environment in different ways. One of our biggest efforts is supporting local beekeepers, mainly at the countryside  but outside protected areas, where usually nobody watch at neither care about. Concerning the bees and its important role as pollinators GEOFACE is involved in fighting against plagues as the Asian wasp (Vespa velutina) and helping local producers in order to be adapted to the clima change.

Knowledge and information are a corner stone for preservation so GEOFACE offers a wide range of scientific/research tourism activities focused in territory issues with two main goals: repopulation of abandoned areas and wild fires prevention.

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