Nature

Ajangiz is situated in the very epicentre of a nature conservation site: the incomparable Urdaibai Biosphere Reserve. With a surface area of 230 km², about 10% of the Basque province of Bizkaia, this hinterland is the largest wetland in Euskadi, and where an immense array of ecosystems fauna and flora thrive.

The wealth of natural beauty and ecological variety of the Biosphere covers two large mutually complementary areas: the mountainous interior with its river meadows, and the estuary, with its rich marchlands.

Fox

Inland, plantations of conifers and eucalyptus trees predominate, along with the remains of the old growth forests of oak and other deciduous trees. In the meadows, there are also alder and willow trees, and prominent forests of Holm Oak extending up steep mountainsides.

This area is also home to protected large mammals, such as the European Mink and wildcat, as well as the habitat of wild boar, roe deer, fox, marten and genet.

Atlantic Countryside

The landscape in Ajangiz is a magnificent example of the typology of the Atlantic countryside, displaying a mix of small forests and fields with meadows and crops. Aside from the vegetation, the fauna is also exceptional with small mammals, such as shrews and bank voles, among others, along with a wide variety of lizards and geckos.

Countryside

Considerable fauna and flora can be found in the Urdaibai Biosphere Reserve marshland. Growing alongside this meandering river are rush, reed bed, willows and alders, in a habitat that is unique to the whole of the Cantabrian Coast, and which occasionally is under threat of global invasive plants.

Considerable fauna and flora can be found in the Urdaibai Biosphere Reserve marshland. Growing alongside this meandering river are rush, reed bed, willows and alders, in a habitat that is unique to the whole of the Cantabrian Coast, and which occasionally is under threat of global invasive plants.

Of note among the land fauna of the marshland are amphibians, such as salamander, an assortment of species de newts, toads and frogs. The presence of birds in the marshland is extraordinary. One can find, among other species, spoonbills, herons, terns and ospreys, and nesting in the cliffs are kestrels, barn owls, seagulls, and cormorants.

The legal protection bestowed upon this area by declaring the Urdaibai estuary a Biosphere Reserve assures the continuity of this invaluable ecosystem and safeguards it for future generations to enjoy and discover.

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