The outings

The Gibraltar Ornithological & Natural History Society organise monthly outings for it's members within Gibraltar and further afield into Andalucía, visiting a variety of locations covering diverse habitats and offering the opportunity to see the wildlife of this beautiful area. The venues for the outings are chosen and timed to coincide with the season's happenings: see Cranes in their wintering grounds, Orchids in the spring, wading birds in the Doñana wetlands, butterflies and Ibex in the Sierras, come Autumn mushrooming in the Alcornocales and enjoy the spectacular sights of thousands of migrating raptors right on your doorstep.

For dates, contacts and how to join us, see the gonhs website

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Forthcoming outing to Sierra de las Nieves - Saturday 11th June

This Saturday, led by Jill Yeoman, we will be heading for the wide open spaces of the Sierra de las Nieves, near Ronda. This is one of our most popular outings, and for very good reasons: spectacular montane scenery,trees, wildflowers, birds & butterflies that we don't get to see often in our immediate area - and there may even be a  sighting of the elusive Ibex. It is the perfect place to walk in perfectly peaceful,beautiful surroundings and just escape the rest of the world for a few hours! 

We don't have a planned itinery, Jill will tailor our route to suit the needs of the members that turn up.

We will be stopping for coffee and toast at the venta located just past the entrance to the park (Ronda side)before beginning our walk and will be taking a picnic lunch. We will either stop to eat lunch at a scenic spot along our route or at its end, so please carry it with you - all that fresh air and exercise gives you an appetite! Also, please carry water with you and take a hat - it can get very warm and sunny up there. 

Here are just a few of my photographs from our outing here last year:

Sierra de las Nieves offers spectacular mountain views
We looked down onto this Booted Eagle perched on the dead tree, watching it as it devoured its prey (we had Jill's telescope!)
More beautiful scenery
Last year's sighting of an Ibex relaxing in the sunshine 
We visited this enormous ancient Pinsapo pine and picnicked in its shade 

There are some spectacular plants here too
Deer were a first for us here last year - maybe we'll be lucky again this time

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