Lake Ratera, in the Aigüestortes i Estany de Sant Maurici National Park Lake Ratera, in the Aigüestortes i Estany de Sant Maurici National Park

Parc Nacional d'Aigüestortes i Estany de Sant Maurici

nature - Areas of ornithological interest

National park
Name
Parc Nacional d'Aigüestortes i Estany de Sant Maurici
Habitat
Pyrenees and pre-Pyrenees
Address
Carrer Sant Maurici 5
Postcode
25597
Town or city
Espot
Location
Espot
Tourism Brand
Pyrenees
Telephone
973 624 036
Languages
Catalan, Spanish
Description

It's a high mountain area where you can take excursions through coniferous and riverside forests, alpine meadows, rocky hills and all the typical habitats of the axial zone of the Pyrenees. The peaks - reaching altitudes of over 9,800 feet -, dozens of Pyrenean lakes, streams, waterfalls and peat bogs define the landscape's unique profile. The granite mounds of Els Encantats, which rise from the foot of the Sant Maurici lake, are the park's defining symbol.

The terrain in this area has been shaped by glacial phenomena. The vegetation comprises forests of black pine and Scots pine, fir and beech. There are also very damp mixed forests - not very common in the Pyrenees - where we find a combination of beech, birch and aspen. An ornithologist will encounter a community of Pyrenean birdswhich, in the Palearctic regions, almost exclusively exist within high-altitude mountainous ecosystems such as the Alps, the Caucausus, and other key mountain ranges in Turkey and the Balkans. Here you will be able to watch - within the same area and over only a few days - many high mountain species that cannot be found throughout most of Europe; from forest species to rupicolous, emanating from exclusively alpine environments.

Ownership Public

Bird species

Treparriscos (Tichodroma muraria)

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Quebrantahuesos (Gypaetus barbatus)

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Buitre común (Gyps fulvus)

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Águila real (Aquila chrysaetos)

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Mochuelo boreal (Aegolius funereus)

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Mirlo capiblanco (Turdus torquatus)

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Roquero rojo (Monticola saxatilis)

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Chova piquigualda (Pyrrhocorax graculus)

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Verderón serrano (Serinus citrinella)

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Gorrión alpino (Montifringilla nivalis)

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Alimoche (Neophron percnopterus)

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Escribano montesino (Emberiza cia)

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Perdiz nival (Lagopus mutus)

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Bisbita ribereño alpino (Anthus spinoletta)

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Location

How to get there

The town of Espot is 133 miles from Lleida and 164 miles from Barcelona. The town of Boí is 94 miles from Lleida and 186 miles from Barcelona.

Access from Barcelona:

For Espot. - C-16 through the Cadí tunnel towards Bellver de Cerdanya. N-260 until Sort. C-13 to the end of Espot.

For Boí. - Motorway A-2 until Lleida. C-13 until Pobla de Segur. N-260 until Pont de Suert. L-500 for Boí.

For Espot. - Alsina Graells (Tel. 902 330 400) offers a bus heading towards Esterri d'Àneu up until the town of La Guingueta d'Àneu. From there you will need to call on of the Espot taxis (Tel. 973 624 105).

For Boí. - Alsina Graells (Tel. 902 330 400) offers a bus heading towards Vielha up until Suert. It then connects with another Alsina Graells bus for Boí.

GPS coordinates X: 1.08775201123498, Y: 42.5758779933175

Facilities

Parking, Classrooms, Refuge, Workshops

Contact

Address Carrer Sant Maurici 5
Postcode 25597
Town or city Espot
Location Espot
Telephone 973 624 036

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