The sad tale of surfing a relentless tide of plastic bottles & builders rubble

During Easter 2014 my family & I had our first trip to Turkey where we stayed at the Liberty Hotel, Lara Beach, Antalya, a superb hotel with great staff, but more importantly for me, one that was on the edge of the coastal strip and all the development that goes with that, offering easy access to the open spaces beyond. 

Spanish Festoon

Grazalema Visitor Centre, Grazalema, Andalucia

An exhibition of macro photography by Steve Jones celebrating the insects of the Iberian peninsula.

From the 11th August to the 7th October 2010 the excellent Visitor Centre at Grazalema in the heart of the Sierra de Grazalema Natural Park in Andalucia is playing host to an exhibition of macro photography by Steve Jones entitled Insectos de Iberia: “El Calor del Verano” (Insects of Iberia “Heat of the Summer”).

NightingaleIn keeping with the modern culture of designated days for this, and special days for that, Sunday 2nd May 2010 was international dawn chorus day. The event received a fair amount of coverage on the television & radio, but with my own shameful "rise & shine" moment taking place at 7.45am, well after dawn, I missed the whole spectacle.

One of the species that was often talked about in reverential terms as being a peerless soloist in this early morning symphony of sounds is the Nightingale - Luscinia megarhynchos.

Griffon Vulture in flight Cornwall Wildlife Trust Photography Group

Wildlife Photography in the Sierra de Grazalema Natural Park, Andalucia

Monday 12th October 2009

Start time 19:30 
A taste of the wildlife & landscapes of the Sierra de Grazalema, Andalucia by group members, Delia Trathen, Jeremy Northcott & Steve Jones based on a one week photography holiday in the region during April 2009. Refreshments available during the interval. All welcome.

Fire Salamander10km southwest of Ronda, (as the Griffon Vulture flies), near the eastern edge of the Sierra Grazalema Natural Park in Andalucia lies the Llanos de Libar, an area of karst at the head of a limestone valley. Amongst other things it is a great area for reptiles and amphibians, so with that in mind we headed for the village at the gateway to the Llanos de Libar, Montejaque.

The drive beyond the little village of Montejaque, up through the valley that divides the Sierra de Juan Diego & the Sierra de Montalate, is fantastic for bird watching with Rock Buntings, Stonechats, Black-eared Wheatear (black throated race), Woodchat Shrikes, & Short-toed Eagles all easily visible from the comfort of the car.

The view from the bottom of Garganta VerdeAs part of our week at the end of August with Clive & Sue (of  The Grazalema Guide and Wildside Holidays) we had permits for a visit to 'La Garganta Verde"' a “must do” for the more adventurous visitors to the Sierra de Grazalema Natural Park.
The 'Garganta Verde' is a 400metre deep, limestone gorge with a Griffon Vulture colony at the top, 'La Ermita' a pink cave at the bottom and dramatic landscape at all points in between.