Study area

The Izki Natural park is an extremely interestingly enclave from a conservation point of view. So much so that Izki has also been assigned as a Site of Community importance (SCI) and as a Special Protection Area (SPA).

It is located in the Mountains of Alava, on the municipal borders of Arraia-Maeztu, Kanpezu and Bernedo and occupies a surface of over 9,000 ha.

The PRO-Izki action areas are fundamentally located in the sandy plains of the location, where a great mass of Pyrenean oak grow, occupying 40% of the surface, although other forests can be found like beech, gall oaks and yews. In the heart of the forest mass there are numerous ponds and a mosaic of waterlogged enclaves made up of quagmires, incipient peat and wet heaths.

These habitats give shelter to numerous species like the middle spotted woodpecker, the Bechstein bat, the agile frog and other flora like the Rhynchospora fusca or the European white waterlily (Nymphaea alba).

Estos hábitats dan cobijo a numerosas especies de fauna como el pico mediano, el murciélago de Bechstein o la rana ágil y otras de flora como Rhynchospora fusca o el nenúfar blanco (Nymphaea alba).