Grapevines in Spain? Yes, even in Europe, where there is also the famous Black Forest in Germany. Normally we associate the term “jungle” to a mass of forest typical of tropical areas, but in this post we will understand why they are so called, and, in particular, we will know in depth our Iberian forest, the Irati ForestA natural space that receives many visitors every year. Here we tell you everything you need to know about this beautiful place, take note!

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The Irati Forest

The
Irati Forest
is mainly located in the north of north of the region of NavarreThe area of the river is very small, although a small part of it crosses the border with France. Its Spanish part is located in the valley of the river Iratiwith the mountains of Roncesvalles and Orzanzurieta to the west and Mount Orhi to the east. To the south we find the Sierra de Abodi, and to the north, the eastern Pyrenees of Navarre and the border with France. To get to it from the west we can do it through Orbaizeta through the closure of the Irabia reservoir (with three parking areas) and the valley of Aezkoa; on the other hand, from the east we access via Ochagavía and the valley of Salazar, where we will find the
Ochagavía Nature Interpretation Centre, which we recommend visiting for more information.
which we recommend you visit for more information.

The environment of Irati is a natural area of 17,000 hectares an extension of 17,000 hectares which contains three nature reserves: the nature reserves of Mendilatz and Tristuibartea, as well as the integral reserve of Lizardoia.. In addition, it is Special Protection Area for Birds (SPA) since 1990.

In Irati, the contrasts of colours are much stronger in autumn, and we, who have lived the experience in this season, we recommend it to you 100%.

This space has an incalculable incalculable ecological value. Due to the characteristics of its vegetation, with one of the largest and best preserved beech and fir forests in Europe, is a true explosion of colours and life.depending on the season. Apart from the vegetation, there are a lot of ecosystems hidden in the thick forest.and on the other hand, in plain sight in its open and green pastures.. Both are home to numerous wildlife populations.

The Irati Forest and its green thicket

Natural heritage in detail

As for the floraflora, it is worth mentioning the common beechas well as birch, willow, downy oak, yew, holly, maple, lime and rowan. As a conifer, it is worth mentioning the silver fir. Of smaller size but with great prominence are the blackberry and a great variety of mushrooms, as well as mosses and ferns (“field of ferns” is the meaning of the word “irati” in Basque, which is also used as a feminine noun). In addition, in 2015, a carnivorous plant was discovered, the
Drosera Rotundifolia
was discovered, as well as the
Eriophorum Angustifolium
a woolly plant, which led to the inclusion of the Irati Forest in a European protection project.

Irati is home to a large family of animals, from mammals, birds, reptiles and endemic species.

All this vegetation gives shelter to the fauna that we can find in this unique space. The following stand out birdssuch as kinglets, finches, robins and others. In danger of extinction are the woodpecker, the black woodpecker and the white-backed woodpecker.among others. We will also find birds of prey such as the bearded vulture, the peregrine falcon or the golden eagle. Also noteworthy, among many, are mammals such as the Pyrene