“Animals” is a bit vague. I’m not including bugs and birds here but pretty well everything else: Mammals, Reptiles and Amphibians.
“You don’t have much wildlife here, do you?” A Swedish visitor astounded me by saying this. “We see a lot more in Sweden” he averred. I had an instant vision of taiga forests with elk and bears tango-ing down the pathways.
Large animals are hard to see, partly because populations are recovering from extensive over-hunting. They are protected now but there is an active hunting community, which gives any animals that lack natural caution a short life-expectancy. The terrain is rugged and some of the most exciting species are crepuscular – dawn and dusk lovers – or nocturnal. Others are just damn good at hiding. Many a walker has asked me nervously whether we might see snakes and the answer is “Only if we are very lucky indeed”. Nevertheless, there is a magnificent range of wildlife that I feel privileged to have seen. The table below details some of it and provides links to posts where I’ve written of the more interesting species or encounters with them.
|Amphibian, Frog||Perez's frog||Pelophylax perezi|
|Mammal, Bat||Pipistrelle Bat||Pipistrellus pipistrellus||The sunlight flight|
|Mammal, Goat||Spanish Ibex||Capra pyrenaica||I See Ibex|
|Reptile, Lizard||Moorish Gecko||Arentola mauritanica,|
|Reptile, Lizard||European Chameleon||Chamaeleo chamaeleon||¡Chameleon!|
|Reptile, Lizard||Sammo||Psammadromus algirus|
|Reptile, Snake||Viperine Water Snake||Natrix maura|