Abella de la Conca’s remote and protected location has enabled an amazing array of wildlife to flourish here throughout the years, surviving where other habitats and species have died out.
The most obvious sign of this is the abundant population of Griffon vultures which fly above the village every day. If you’re lucky you may even witness one of their amazing group displays where over 200 vultures circle the village together – quite an incredible sight! As well as the vultures many other birds of prey and more discreet animals make this area their home.
Abella Climb’s neighbouring project www.barcelonabirdingpoint.com can help you discover this abundant wildlife. Their local knowledge and expertise in tracking makes them the perfect guides to take you through the local hills and forests. You might find yourself watching stags rutting during the mating season, being startled by the agility of the izards as they leap along sheer rock faces or spot a family of common genets playing in the undergrowth…
BBP also have several secluded hides from which you can enjoy watching rare vultures (Egyptian & Black) and also the common Griffon up close. Other birds are also often spotted such as the bee-eaters in spring and summer and the woodpeckers busying themselves in the olive groves.
BBP staff have also have a lot of experience in photographing wildlife so if you are a keen photographer a day out with them will help you get the best record of this amazing and abundant forna.
Abella Climb also work closely with Barcelona Birding Point and the local rural agents when making assessments of new climbing areas (and other outdoor activities). They have for instance been integral to our assessments on nesting birds and the subsequent seasonal climbing bans that are in place in some of our cliffs.
Abella de la Conca is also home to more than 40 différents species of butterfly, some of which are rare and hard to see. An indicator of a healthy eco system the remind us to pay attention to the minute detail of our surroundings as well as the sweeping and impressive landscapes. Easy to overlook, the butterflies offer a perfect moment of quiet contemplation and intimacy with nature. For enthusiasts the Abella Eco Refugi is ideally located to visit some of the best local spots which can be found on this Butterfly Trip Report.