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The uniqueness of the Ordunte SCI (Site of Community Interest) of the Natura 2000 Network of the Basque Country is particularly due to certain azonal habitats of community interest between those when special mention should be made of the development of a still active ombrogenius blanket bog and the formation of the greatest concentration of sphagnum moss mires of the Basque Autonomous Community. However, the wooded groves of acidophilic beech, Pyrenean oak and alder grooves. The latter are home to some populations of the Trichomanes speciosum> and Woodwardia radicans paleo-tropical ferns of community interest.

Geotextil being used to recover the Zalama Blanket Bog

The Zalama blanket bog

One of the rarest and most threatened habitats of Europe. It is an ombrogenious bog that is exclusively supplied by rainwater and the constant mist. It is active, continues to generate peat and covers a surface area of around 3 hectares.

Pastureland in the Sierra de Ordutnte mountain range

Salduero -Pozonegro sphagnum moss mires

Known locally as "the lagoons, they are divided into small fragments making up a mosaic that covers just over 30 hectares. These mires are the sites selected by numerous amphibious species, including the Alpine newt, catalogued as "rare" in the Basque Catalogue of Endangered Species.

Beech trees in the Ordunte Mountains

Forests

Acidophilic beech, Pyrenean oak and beech. Beech trees will replace pine trees and eucalyptus, the La Brena Pyrenean oak grove is going to be recovered and work is going to be carried out on the banks of the streams to recover the alder groves.

Woodwardia Radicans in the Ordunte MountainsFerns

The headwaters of the streams are home to the Trichomanes speciosum and Woodwardia radicans species of Paleo-tropical ferns, both of which are of Community interest according to the Habitats Directive and catalogue as of special interest for the Basque Country.

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