at the Genal
We participate in the Spanish Amphibian and Reptile Monitoring Scheme (SARE) that the Spanish Herpetological Association has been carrying out since 2008.
PROTOCOL: Four visits to amphibian breeding sites.
News about the progress of the project on our blog.
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.
PROTOCOLS: A 2 km long transect around the Genal Field Station. 15 ‘period counts.
Polininator insects surveys
Data stored at Observation.org
We began a study of local pollination following the SPIPOLL methodology, a citizen science program developed in France since 2001.
PROTOCOL: Follow-up of a flowering plant species (within a radius of 5 meters) for 20 minutes photographing all the insect taxa present.
Aquatic macero-invertebrates surveys
We carry out the measurement of river water quality with the standardized Iberian Biological Monitoring Working Party (IBMWP) methodology. We participate to Andarríos, the Andalusian citizen science program.
PROTOCOL: collection of aquatic macro-invertebrates in stretches of 100 meters of rivers.
We have organized the 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
We regularly place a light trap at the Genal Field Station, sharing photos and material with specialists in various taxonomic groups.
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)
- Large population of the Iberian Peony, Paeonia broteri.
- Seven species of orchids, including the rare Bumblebee Orchid, Ophrys bombyliflora.
- Griffon vultures, Gyps fulvus, flying over and beneath.
- Woodland birds and more raptors.
- Often difficult to see: Iberian ibex, Capra pyrenaica hispanica.
- In January-February: Almond blossom, Prunus dulcis.
- A nice variety of habitats in a short distance.
Biodiversidad Virtual check-point
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, Punto BV nº 158.
Bibliography on biodiversity of the Genal Valley
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.
All interested parties can send articles for reference.
Citizen science databases on the Internet
Citizen science initiatives on the web are the easiest way to know which species have been recently reported at the Genal and surrounding areas. Our project seeks to contribute most actively to Observation.org.
Observado Andalucía, the Andalusian subsite for Observation.org
Closest natural areas:
- Spain – Cañón de las Buitreras
- Spain – Ciudad de Ronda
- Spain – Nacimiento del Rio Genal
- Spain – Paraje Natural Los Reales de Sierra Bermeja
- Spain – Paraje Natural Sierra Crestellina
- Spain – Parque Natural Los Alcornocales
- Spain – Parque Natural Sierra de Grazalema
- Spain – Parque Natural Sierra de las Nieves
- Spain – Pinsapo de las Escaleretas
- Spain – Ríos Guadiaro y Hozgarganta
- Spain – Sierra del Hacho
- Spain – Sierras Bermeja y Real
- Spain – Valle del Río del Genal
Biodiversity hotspots near the Genal:
- Llanos de Libar, Área General
- Sierra de las Nieves PNat–Área General
- Sierra Crestellina
- Embalse de la Cancelada del Taraje
Estuary of the Guadiaro river:
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.