Biodiversity data at the Genal Valley

Area to access data generated by the project.

All interested parties can contribute to the project, inhabitants of the area, students wanting to make a stay in the place, and travelers passing through.

We appreciate the collaboration of naturalists and specialists. This initiative is pluralistic and its advancement rests largely on the power of collective effort.




Aquatic insects


Nocturnal insects

Hacho de Gaucin

SARE at GFS (amphibians surveys)

 Data stored in AHE server

Betic salamander (Salamandra s. longirostris).

Betic salamander (Salamandra s. longirostris).

We participate in the Spanish Amphibian and Reptile Monitoring Scheme (SARE) that the Spanish Herpetological Association has been carrying out since 2008.

Visits to amphibian breeding sites.

News about the progress of the project on our blog.


BMS at GFS (butterflies surveys)

Data stored in Butterfly Monitoring Net

Provence hairstreak (Tomares ballus).

Provence hairstreak (Tomares ballus).

We contribute to the Butterfly Monitoring Scheme (BMS), in operation in mainland Europe since 1990, and in the UK since 1976, and participate in the Spanish scheme.

A 2 km long transect around the Genal Field Station. 15 ‘period counts.

IBMWP (aquatic macro-invertebrates surveys)

Study of aquatic macro-invertebrates.

Study of aquatic macro-invertebrates.

Standardized study of river water quality with the Iberian Biological Monitoring Working Party (IBMWP) protocol.

Compiling published information and sampling river stretches.

ROLA at GFS (dragonflies surveys)

Data stored in ROLA database

Kirby's dropwing (Trithemis kirbyi).

Kirby’s dropwing (Trithemis kirbyi).

Network of Andalusian Dragonfly Recording Scheme (ROLA) since 2009.

Assessing the presence of odonates in streches of the Genal, Guadiaro and Hozgarganta rivers and several ponds and lagoons.



Nocturnal insects at GFS

Data available at

Nocturnal insects sample.

Nocturnal insects sample.

We regularly place a light trap at the Genal Field Station, sharing photos and material with specialists in various taxonomic groups.

Bibliography on biodiversity of the Genal Valley

Report in elaboration

Mediterranean Daisy (Bellis sylvestris).

Mediterranean Daisy (Bellis sylvestris).

We gather the information published to date on the biodiversity of the Genal Valley and the Serranía de Ronda to incorporate it into a database.

Point out the essential reference (two parts): Genal River Valley Floristic Catalog – 2003 – 2005 – by Gavira and Latorre.

All interested parties can send articles for reference.

Biodiversity survey in the Sierra del Hacho de Gaucín

Data available at Vascular Flora at project Anthos

A steep and rocky hill of limestone dominating the village of Gaucín. A perfect hike with wonderfull sceneries of the Genal and Guadiaro valleys, and no less attractive views of Gibraltar and Africa.


Highlights (fauna, fungi & flora)

  1. Large population of the Iberian Peony, Paeonia broteri.
  2. Seven species of orchids, including the rare Bumblebee Orchid, Ophrys bombyliflora.
  3. Griffon vultures, Gyps fulvus, flying over and beneath.
  4. Woodland birds and more raptors.
  5. Often difficult to see: Iberian ibex, Capra pyrenaica hispanica.
  6. In January-February: Almond blossom, Prunus dulcis.
  7. A nice variety of habitats in a short distance.


Sierra del Hacho y pueblo de Gaucín.

Sierra del Hacho y pueblo de Gaucín.

Orquídea abejorro (Ophrys bombyliflora).
Orquídea abejorro (Ophrys bombyliflora).

Biodiversity check-point at project Biodiversidad Virtual

Data available at Biodiversidad Virtual

The GFS surrounded with the cork oak forest.

GFS surrounded with the cork oak forest.

The Genal Field Station is located next to the town of Benarraba, in the Serranía de Ronda, surrounded by a mixed forest, where cork oaks predominate, and small orchards.

We collaborate with Biodiversidad Virtual, the oldest platform in Spain for citizen science and biodiversity, by posting photos of species present in the GFS.

Small vegetable gardens ("huertas") below the GFS.

Small vegetable gardens (“huertas”) below the GFS.