Board declares ten new natural monuments that harbor exceptional environmental values

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The Governing Council approved on Tuesday the inscription on the network of protected natural areas of Andalusia (Renpa), with the category of Natural Monument, ten new areas of Andalusia, with whose protection the conservation of exceptional environmental values ​​that harbor these spaces and elements of nature is guaranteed.

Specifically, They have been recognized three areas of geological character, the Rock of Bernal and Channels Padules, in the province of Almería, Fossils and footprints Jellyfish Constantina (Seville); two of biotic, the oaks of the base and Attorney Marchal, Also in Almería; four mixed, Hundidero Cave and Mount Jabalcuza, in the province of Málaga, Water Cave Tíscar (Jaén) and the Birth of Riofrio (Granada); and one eco-cultural, the Tajo de Ronda (Malaga).

Also, the Andalusian government has expanded the boundaries of Encina de la Dehesa San Francisco, located in Santa Olalla del Cala (Huelva) and whose name will from now Encina and Alcornoque of Dehesa de San Francisco.

The new monuments declared by the Governing Council in addition to other 49 already recognized in Andalucía, whose total surface exceeds now 1.556 hectares, against the 1.368 previously protected hectares.

Natural monuments, as stated in the regulations in force, are spaces or elements of nature basically consisting of elements of notorious uniqueness, rarity or beauty that deserve special protection, and geological formations, the paleontological and other elements of the gea that meet a particular interest or importance peculiarity of their scientific values, cultural or scenic.

The Rock of Bernal (Almería) It is located in the Special Area of ​​Conservation (ZEC) Sierras de Gador and Énix, specifically between the municipalities of Vícar, Dalías and El Ejido. It stresses high geological value of their surroundings and the view from the Poniente Almeriense.

Padules channels (Almería), It located in the municipalities of Almócita and Padules, between the Sierra de Gador and Sierra Nevada, highlighted by the striking forms of water erosion and rugged terrain where the river Andarax is sandwiched between two high rock walls. This relief creates a network of small lakes sheltered by trees and large areas of shade.

Fossil footprints of Jellyfish (Seville) in the Natural Park Sierra Norte de Sevilla it includes the paleontological site of the same name located in Constantine, where a stone surface with 550 millions of years old which represents the largest collection of Cambrian fossils in Europe. En total son 120 sqm 90 fossils of jellyfish in good condition.

Encinas of the base and Attorney Marchal (Pannier, Almería)
Both trees are ancient copies of the Sierra de los Filabres and are currently in the municipality of Serón. La Encina of the base is considered the largest tree in Andalucía in the catalog prepared by the Ministry of Agriculture, Cattle raising, Fisheries and Sustainable Development, while the Attorney Marchal is recognized as Natural Monument on the basis of its large size and wide area covering your glass.

Cave Hundidero (Malaga), It located in the municipality of Montejaque, It includes both the mouth of the cave Hundidero as part Guadares river and its banks. This cavity houses one of the largest colonies sedentary cavernicolous bats.

In the Monte Jabalcuza (Malaga), It located in the town of Alhaurin de la Torre, dolomitic marbles white and blue and a special soil known as terra rossa-distinguished, due to its high clay content. It is a strategic point, from which the coastal mountain range and the Guadalhorce valley where displays and highlights a ridged relief that reaches the coastline.

The Water cave Tíscar (Jaén) It is a deep gorge located in the municipality of Quesada and formed Porla river erosion Tíscar, where its waters pass by leaps, waterfalls and fountains before concluding in known as Pilón Azul, near the village of Belerda.

The Riofrio birth (Granada) It located in the territory of Loja, in times of abundant rainfall they can emerge from this aquifer over a thousand liters per second. Its underground currents keep the water at a constant temperature of 14 degrees centigrade throughout the year and is a particularly favorable location for trout hatcheries and sturgeon found downstream.

The Tajo de Ronda (Malaga) is an impressive geological formation created by the erosive action of the river Guadalevín for millennia in the town of Ronda. further it emphasizes the important colony of kestrels that lives in its crags and scarps.