Educational outing in the Special Conservation Area ZEC Urkiola
Throughout 2019, as part of Life Oreka Mendian, seven field trips have been organized in protected natural areas of Bizkaia and Gipuzkoa. Around 120 people are thought to have taken part. The visits had a dual objective. First, to publicise the Life Oreka Mendian project and the actions being carried out thanks to it and, second, with the help of botany experts from the Basque Country, to explain the typical habitats and species in the mountain pastures.
The last of the field trips organized this year took place on Sunday, 15 September, with a visit to the Special Conservation Area ZEC Urkiola. More than 30 people went to Urkiola Sanctuary and enjoyed a fantastic educational walk to the source of the Pol-Pol, climbing up Urkiolamendi hill. Many topics were discussed during the walk, including the value of the mountain meadows found there, the consequences of the progressive abandonment of the use of these pastures, the problems caused by the invasion of the thistle Cirsium eriophorum and the damage caused to pasture production by the wild boar.
Thanks to the popularity of these visits, there are plans to carry out the same type of activity in 2020 in the protected natural areas of Alava linked to the Life project.