Somiedo Natural Park is located at the heart of the Cantabrian Mountains. It is part of the Asturian village of the same name and has been declared a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. Much of the area it covers is a protected site for the more than 120 species of birds that reside here. The various species include the capercaillie, the Egyptian vulture, the vulture, the goshawk, the golden eagle, and a number of species of falcon, including the endangered Peregrine falcon. If you don't mind a bit of waiting, you might even be able to catch a glimpse of two particularly rare species: the black woodpecker and the middle spotted woodpecker. This is an excellent part of the world to watch birds of all kinds, so whatever you do, don't forget your binoculars! However, the Natural Park, which consists of forests, meadows, pastures, rivers, waterways, and Subalpine zones, also boasts dense plant life, especially in its wooded areas. This, in turn, provides a habitat for various mammals, including several dozen brown bears, wolves, stags, and deer.
This park has been declared a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. It is located in a region known as "Wet Spain" due to the frequent rainfall here.© ZOONAR GMBH LBRF / age fotostock
The park is home to more than a hundred bird species and approximately twenty amphibian and reptile species.© Jorn Friederich / age fotostock
The fauna of Somiedo is very similar to the fauna in the Cantabrian Mountains.© Jonathan Diaz / age fotostock
A vulture soaring over Somiedo Natural Park.© Michael Thornton / age fotostock
Somiedo Park provides the ideal spot for watching birds and other animals.© Jon Diez Beldarrain / Age Fotostock