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Logo - World Heritage Beech Forests
Unesco - We are Europe's Wilderness - Ancient and Primeval Forests of the Carpathians and Other Regions of Europe
Unesco - We are Europe's Wilderness - Ancient and Primeval Forests of the Carpathians and Other Regions of Europe

Hayedos de Picos de Europa

The great limestone massif of the Picos de Europa harbours precious ancient beech forests with natural dynamics. Orchid-beech forests and acidophilous beech forests with holly are connected to oak forests and shrub formations with hazel and birch, and with an endemic endangered species of oak (Quercus orocantabrica). With almost a quarter of all plant species of the Iberian Peninsula, it has become a biodiversity hotspot. The fauna, which includes almost all original species, also makes a major contribution to the diversity. The property is considered to be a glacial refuge area of the beech.

Profile

  • UNESCO recognition: 2017
  • Protected area: Picos de Europa National Park
  • Beech forest region: Pyrenaic-Iberian
  • Area: 323.23 ha
  • Number of component parts: 2
  • Altitudinal range: montane to high montane (900 – 1,550 m above sea level)
  • Fauna: Brown bear, Iberian wolf, European wildcat, Pyrenean desman, Pyrenean chamois, Golden eagle, Bonelli’s eagle, Cantabrian wood grouse, Alpine longhorn beetle
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    Picos Asotín © Schwendtner Oscar
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    Picos Cuesta © Schwendtner Oscar
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    Picos Cuesta © Schwendtner Oscar
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    Picos Cuesta © Schwendtner Oscar
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    Picos Cuesta © Schwendtner Oscar

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Avenida Los Peregrinos, 0 S/N (Edificio de Usos Múltiples),
24008 León (Spain)

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