Andalucian nature says hello!

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Southern Iberia and Andalucía outstand because of its biodiversity. The eastern areas of this part of Europe are rich in birds, wildflowers and insects, specially Moths and . This is the Mediterranean paradise from where I will write my posts, bringing you the best excerpts of nature.

It’s only mid-february but after a freezing winter with up to -19 ºC degrees, the sun comes back bringing us mild days and bright blue skies.Good news, a new butterfly season starts!

One of the first butterflies that becomes active again with favourable weather conditions is the Bath White (Pontia daplidice). Wintering as ‘pupae’ (or chrysalis), starts to fly in the beginning of march, but imagos like the one pictured here, were already flying on february 17th at an altitude of 1.000 m., three weeks earlier than usual.

Is the way than Mediterranean nature and Andalucía says ‘Hello’ and one of the best way I know to say ‘Welcome’ to this natural corner, focusing -of course- on wildlife.

Jorge Garzón ©2012

Jorge Garzón

Jorge Garzón

I was born in 1965 and brought up in Burgos (North Spain) and Granada (Andalucía), where I mixed my university degree in Tourism with natural history, wildlife and bird watching activities. I started guiding in the early 1980s, becoming one of the first professional natural history tour leaders in southern Spain. My passion for mountains and the Sierra Nevada led me to found the first mountain guiding company, and writing my first two books on nature and walks in the Sierra Nevada range, leading the first petition to declare Sierra Nevada as a National Park. I also worked to achieve effective protection for the richest botanical areas in the Mediterranean cliffs of Malaga and Granada provinces (Maro-Cerro Gordo Nature Reserve), and also spent long periods of time studying literature in France and botany in the Alps. After successfully completing my degree, I moved to Australia and travelled around the Pacific area and South Asia. I founded the first nature and outdoor travel company in in 1991 and started to lead specialised nature and bird watching tours at that time that have taken me to the Orkneys, Scotland, The Netherlands, France, Austria, the Alps, Italy, Portugal, Madeira and North Africa. Because my extensive guiding knowledge in Andalucia and Extremadura, southern Portugal and Morocco I was elected the 'Swarovski Recommended Guide - SRG' in 2003. Member of SEO/BirdLife, I worked as the BirdLife Regional Officer in Andalucia for years, being responsible of its birding conservation projects and actions; giving lectures and being a nature and bird watching tourist adviser for institutions and companies. Author of many articles and several books, the latest ones being the much praised 'Where to watch Birds in Donana' for Lynx Edicions, or 'The Birds of Sierra Nevada' for the Andalucian Environmental Ministry and Sierra Nevada National Park. Being a professional naturalist, I own my local nature company 'al-Natural', organising nature and bird watching tours, botanical and wildlife outings, and as a Master on 'Management & conservation on National Parks and protected areas (NPA)' also work as a freelance consultant in the ecotourism and environmental fields. Proudly member of SEO/BirdLife, SPEA/BirdLife Portugal and Butterfly Conservation UK, I live beside an outstanding nature reserve facing Sierra Nevada National Park, near Granada, and have two teenagers who have not yet flown the nest.

Jorge Garzón

Jorge Garzón

I was born in 1965 and brought up in Burgos (North Spain) and Granada (Andalucía), where I mixed my university degree in Tourism with natural history, wildlife and bird watching activities. I started guiding in the early 1980s, becoming one of the first professional natural history tour leaders in southern Spain. My passion for mountains and the Sierra Nevada led me to found the first mountain guiding company, and writing my first two books on nature and walks in the Sierra Nevada range, leading the first petition to declare Sierra Nevada as a National Park. I also worked to achieve effective protection for the richest botanical areas in the Mediterranean cliffs of Malaga and Granada provinces (Maro-Cerro Gordo Nature Reserve), and also spent long periods of time studying literature in France and botany in the Alps. After successfully completing my degree, I moved to Australia and travelled around the Pacific area and South Asia. I founded the first nature and outdoor travel company in Andalusia in 1991 and started to lead specialised nature and bird watching tours at that time that have taken me to the Orkneys, Scotland, The Netherlands, France, Austria, the Alps, Italy, Portugal, Madeira and North Africa. Because my extensive guiding knowledge in Andalucia and Extremadura, southern Portugal and Morocco I was elected the 'Swarovski Recommended Guide - SRG' in 2003. Member of SEO/BirdLife, I worked as the BirdLife Regional Officer in Andalucia for years, being responsible of its birding conservation projects and actions; giving lectures and being a nature and bird watching tourist adviser for institutions and companies. Author of many articles and several books, the latest ones being the much praised 'Where to watch Birds in Donana' for Lynx Edicions, or 'The Birds of Sierra Nevada' for the Andalucian Environmental Ministry and Sierra Nevada National Park. Being a professional naturalist, I own my local nature company 'al-Natural', organising nature and bird watching tours, botanical and wildlife outings, and as a Master on 'Management & conservation on National Parks and protected areas (NPA)' also work as a freelance consultant in the ecotourism and environmental fields. Proudly member of SEO/BirdLife, SPEA/BirdLife Portugal and Butterfly Conservation UK, I live beside an outstanding nature reserve facing Sierra Nevada National Park, near Granada, and have two teenagers who have not yet flown the nest.

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