Monday, 7 February 2011

COVER AND POSTCARD FROM SPAIN

 The Nature Reserves of Spain series issued in 2010 featured the different protected nature parks in Spain with a high ecological and scenic value. There were four issuances during the year in a total of twelve beautiful stamps. Correos de España issued on July 19th, 2010 the second set of three stamps devoted to three nature reserves very different in their geographic characteristics and ecosystems. The first stamp on the cover presents the Picos de Europa National Park, a biosphere reserve that extends over the three northern provinces of Asturias, Cantabria and León. There are many protected animal species like wild boars, roe deer, wolves, foxes and the Cantabrian brown bear (Ursus actos arctos).

The Monfrague National Park in Extremadura is a haven for birdwatchers and nature lovers alike. It consists of over 17,000 hectares of land made up of wide-open expanses of both woodland and dry pastures, as well as numerous rocky areas and oak trees. It is one of the most important ornithological reserves in Spain. The park is most famous for its collection of Black Vultures (Aegypius monachus), of which it houses two hundred pairs and makes Monfrague the world's biggest colony for these birds.

The Isla de Arosa, or Illa de Arousa in Galego, is a substantial island, about 7 km (4 mi) long, on the eastern side of the Ría de Arousa, in the province of Pontevedra ,in Galicia, Spain.  The Punta Caballo Lighthouse was placed on the rocky northwestern tip of the island: the works began in April 1852 and the tower was first lit on October 19th 20, 1853. The 5 m (16 ft) octagonal stone tower is attached to the front of a square 1-story keeper's house. The building, with rectangular form, housed two rooms, one for each lighthouse keeper, and a common kitchen. The rest of covered surface was occupied for a warehouse and an aisle of distribution.

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