RONDA RANGE, CÁDIZ RANGE AND ALCORNOCALES
The pilot area ES-2 Ronda Range, Cádiz Range and Alcornocales is located within the Betic Mountain Range, in the provinces of Cádiz and Málaga. It covers a surface of 327.000 ha. and it is included in the Special Protection Areas (SPA) Sierra de Grazalema, Los Alcornocales, Sierra de las Nieves y Peñon de Zaframagón, within seven Sites of Community Importance (SCI) (Sierra de Grazalema, Sierra de las Nieves, Sierra Blanquilla ,Los Alcornocales, Valle del Río Genal, Río Guadiaro and Sierra de Líjar ). It is also part of the Sierra de Grazalema Natural Park, Sierra de Grazalema Biosphere Reserve, Sierra de las Nieves Natural Park, Sierra de las Nieves Biosphere Reserve, Los Alcornocales Natural Park and Peñón de Zaframagón Natural Reserve.
Landscape is dominated by calcareous mountains with the highest rainfall index in the whole Iberian Peninsula, forests of deciduous trees, dry-farmed crops, shrublands and olive groves.
This pilot area is formed by 25 municipalities: Arriate, Ronda, Setenil de las Bodegas, Torre Alhaquime, Olvera, Puerto Serrano, Algodonales, Zahara de la Sierra, El Gastor, Prado del Rey, El Bosque, Grazalema, Benaoján, Benaocaz, Villaluenga, Ubrique, Cortes de la Frontera, San José del Valle, Jerez de la Frontera, Benarrabá, Algatocín, Benalauría, Benadalid, Jimera de Líbar and Montejaque. Stockbreeding and hunting activities are very popular in the area, with a total of 423 hunting areas and 3920 stockbreeders’ exploitations. Land property is mainly private, with approximately 20% of public property.
Why is this area important?
The area includes subtropical relictic communities to high-mountain shrub formations where endemisms often appear. It is remarkable the presence of the Spanish Fir, a Mediterranean endemic fir which shows in this area its biggest surface of worldwide distribution and the highest number of specimens.
Medium and high-mountain areas are remarkable for their important populations of predatory birds, highly affected by poisoning events. Some interesting raptors are Griffon vulture, Egyptian vulture, Golden Eagle, Short-Toed Eagle, Booted Eagle and Bonelli’s Eagle.
Information about the incidence of poison in this area is available here: Andalusian Strategy Against Poison.
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Sierra de las Nieves
Sierra de Grazalema
Serranía de Ronda
Sierra de Cádiz
CEDER – Serranía de Ronda
GDR – Sierra de Cádiz
GDR – Los Alcornocales
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Serranía de Ronda - Sierra de Cádiz Pilot Area
C/ Molino 80, local 3
29400 Ronda (Málaga) SPAIN
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