Parque Natural del Montseny - Spain

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Parque Natural del Montseny

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General Site Description: 

The Montseny massif is situated 40 km NNE from Barcelona. The mountains cover about an area of 400 km2, about 80% of which is protected as Natural Park. Its highest altitude is 1707m asl. Climatically and biogeographycally Montseny lies in the northern boundary of the Mediterranean region. It is mostly forested, except at the upper reaches. Vegetation shifts altitudinally, with forests of pine, evergreen holm oak and beech, and heathlands and grasslands dominating in this order as altitude increases. The relief is steep and the lithology consists mostly of metamorphic phyllites, schists and granodiorites.


General Characteristics, Purpose, History

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31 064.00ha

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The site was protected as Natural Park in 1977 and is managed by Diputació de Girona and Diputació de Barcelona. It was later (1987) included as a MAB reserve of UNESCO. This protection is intented to guarantee the conservation of landscapes and natural and cultural values of the Natural Park, in a way that is compatible with a sustainable explotation of resources and the maintenance of the economic activity of the inhabitants.

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  • View of Torrent de la Mina catchment from El Vilar de La Castanya. Author: Anna Avila
    Torrent de la Mina
  • V-notch of the  Torrent de la Mina gauging station. Author: Anna Avila
    Torrent de la Mina gauging station
  • Throughfall collectors in a holm oak (Quercus ilex L) plot at La Castanya valley. Author: Anna Avila
    Throughfall collectors in a holm oak plot
  • Atmospheric deposition instruments at the Montseny site. Author: Anna Avila
    Atmospheric deposition instrumentation
  • The yearly monitoring of birds provide synthetic indicators on impact of environmental changes
    Bird monitoring in Matagalls mountain
  • Monitoring populations allows to determine the spatio-temporal patterns of change for key a number of biodiversity components
    Carduelis cannabina, a species declining in Montseny


Latitude: 41.660000000000
Longitude: 2.300000000000