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Salduero –Pozonegro sphagnum moss mires

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Pastureland in the Sierra de Ordutnte mountain range

The sphagnum moss mires are emergent bogs that are generally to be found to hillocks, damp slopes and spring enclaves, on sandy soils and in hyper-wet or wet climates. There are more or less extensive muddy areas, with bog vegetation, but which do not generate peat deposits. In Ordunte, these wetlands are minerothrophic, in other words, they are groundwater-fed.

Known locally as "the lagoons", the Ordunte sphagnum moss mires are divided into small fragments making up a mosaic that covers just over 30 hectares, distributed in the summit zones and at points on slopes with running water. They make up a vegetation mosaic with wet heaths (4020* habitat), dry heaths (4030 habitat) and mountain pasturelands (6230* habitat).

These sphagnum moss mires are the sites selected by numerous amphibious species, including the Alpine newt (Triturus alpestris) catalogued as "rare" in the Basque Catalogue of Endangered Species. As regards the flora of those enclaves, special mention should be made of the species catalogued in the Basque Country as Menyanthes trifoliate - common name: bog-bean (Rare) and Pinguicula lusitanica - commonly known as the Pale Butterwort (of Special Interest).

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