The Nature Map shows the location of places visited and mentioned in posts or articles as well as pinpointing any unusual or rare sightings. Just click on an item on the left and it will appear on the map with a bit of info and the odd photo.
Almuñécar Aquarium – Acuario de Almuñécar – opened its doors to the public on July 18th 2008, and is the largest such aquarium in Andalucia. There are actually a total of 20 aquariums of varying sizes within the complex, home to approximately 3,500 specimens belonging to about 200 species.
Black Swan Lake forms part of Dinton Pastures Country Park.
The Jardín Museo del Bonsái – Bonsai Garden Museum – in plaza de Marruecos, Almuñécar, has become the most important site of its kind in Andalucia and one of the most important in Spain.
The Crocodile Park is 15 minutes from the railway station or, if you take my shortcut, around 80 minutes! It makes a very good trip and if you take the guided tour, which I must say is excellent, you will learn a lot of things you didn’t know about crocodiles.
A former gravel pit, Decoy Heath is one of the best sites for dragonfly and damselfly in Berkshire with 23 species known to breed there. The woodland area is home to over 80 bird species.
The Parque Botánico El Majuelo – El Majuelo Botanical Gardens – in Almuñecar is located below the Castillo de San Miguel and right next to the ancient Roman fish salting factory and contains over 200 species of sub-tropical plants from all over the world.
I spotted a Gull on the lake which looked different from all the others. I took a couple of long-distance shots and didn’t think any more of it. It turned out to be an immature (first winter) Glaucous Gull (Larus hyperboreus) and it is the first time one has been seen in my local area since 2008! All the local twitchers are now out in force looking for it…………………………. but I saw it FIRST.
At the top of Monte Calamorro in Benalmádena is the Jardín de las Águilas, Eagle Garden, a centre for falconry as well as the breeding and preservation of birds of prey.
The Loro Sexi Bird Park – Parque Ornitológico Loro Sexi – in Almuñécar, Granada province, opened in 1987 and is home to around 100 species of birds including parrots, macaws, peacocks, owls, toucans and ducks.
The Royal Botanical Garden of Madrid – Real Jardín Botánico de Madrid – is an 8-hectare botanical garden located near Plaza de Murillo, next to the famous Prado Museum in Madrid and is a great place to spend a leisurely couple of hours, especially if the sun has got its hat on.
South Lake in Woodley, surrounded by a wooded area, is in the middle of a large housing estate but is home to a huge variety of flora and fauna. It doesn’t take that long to walk round the lake and there is always something interesting to see, summer or winter.