Extremadura is a remote region in south-western Spain, bordering Portugal and has great things in store for all sorts of travellers. If you enjoy bird watching, Extremadura offers you skies filled with eagles and vultures, and steppes alive with Little and Great Bustards. If you love to search for beautiful wildflowers, the high number of Mediterranean species will dazzle you, especially in the mountains. In the endless orchards and along the flower-fringed streams you'll find yourself in the Garden of Eden. Nearby rocky mountain slopes and merciless steppes show a beauty of a much more rugged kind. Remote regions invite you for a hike, and in the evening you can quietly enjoy a wonderful meal in an old plaza while watching the geckos hunt around the streetlights attached to medieval houses and palaces. Extremadura is a rollercoaster for every nature enthusiast, not only astonishing in its diversity but also in its genesis. If you have come to see a wilderness without a trace of human influence, you have chosen the wrong spot. The majority of Extremadura's valuable natural areas evolved through the interaction between the land and its inhabitants. This makes the region into a must-see example of the way nature and culture can enhance each other. This guidebook will introduce you to the natural splendours of this beautiful region, explain the mechanisms behind them, and direct you to the best places to witness it all for yourself. This nature guide is part of a new series of innovative guides for nature enthusiasts. "The Crossbill Guides" combine interesting and insightful stories with up-to-date and practical tourist information and observation tips. Detailed descriptions of hiking trails and car routes are conveniently linked to information on everything you want to know about the whats, wheres and whys of Extremadura's splendid nature.
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Dirk Hilbers (1976) founded the Crossbill Guides Foundation and travels Europe for the production of the guidebooks. For this title, he spent a year in Torrejon el Rubio, in the heart of Extremadura, and guided bird and nature tours to the region. His Crossbill Guides Foundation is a European non-profit organisation dedicated to increasing public involvement with nature conservation. One of his goals is to produce comprehensive guides and other services for nature enthusiasts and tourists to all major European natural areas. Each guidebook is prepared by Dirk in consultation with local nature experts. He hopes that by sharing knowledge and enthusiasm with the visitor, this will deepen appreciation for Europe's splendid natural heritage and foster an understanding of the necessity of its conservation.Review:
The Crossbill Guides series and especially the one on the Extremadura (in the west of Spain) represent perhaps what we can do better and more complete (in a pocket format) for a natural area, its Ecosystems, its geography and ecology, as evidenced by this second fully revised edition (the first in 2006). There is not an identification guide for determination of the species (but sufficient photos). However this is a luxury of details and information on all sectors of the region, the conditions of access and visits, the remarkable birds and their location of course, but also the essential fauna and flora , and even the history and conservation problems. You will miss much if you visit this region without this guide and without reading from one end to another - Jean-Marc Thiollay, Ornithos
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