Rich in geographical diversity, Spain serves as a treasure trove of biodiversity. Encompassing four of the European Union’s nine biogeographical regions – Atlantic, Alpine, Mediterranean, and Macaronesian – Spain offers a rich variety of ecosystems, making it a hub for Conservation Volunteering. The country ranks second in Europe in terms of mammalian species richness, with 115 unique species documented.
The remarkable array of species in Spain ranges from the Common Genet and Wild Boar to the Barbary Sheep and Spanish Ibex. The coastlines are home to cetaceans, otters, and seals, while the inland areas host Spain’s illustrious ‘Big Five’: Bearded Vulture, Spanish Imperial Eagle, Iberian Lynx, Iberian Wolf, and Eurasian Brown Bear. Birdwatchers are particularly drawn to Spain for its avian diversity, with as many as 635 different bird species soaring in its skies, including kites, vultures, eagles, flamingos, and bustards.
Many of Spain’s species are endemic, found nowhere else in the world, heightening the responsibility for their conservation. Numerous organisations dedicate their efforts to protect these endangered species and to nurture Spain’s varied ecosystems. As testament to its commitment to conservation, Spain has dedicated 35.7% of its land as forest area and protected 27% of its surface. However, a lack of knowledge regarding some habitats remains a challenge, with only 1% of habitats and 12% of species adequately studied for conservation purposes.
Spain’s native species, such as the Iberian Lynx, Spengler’s Freshwater Mussel, El Hierro Giant Lizard, Cantabrian Brown Bear, Spanish Imperial Eagle, Iberian Wolf, and the Mediterranean Monk Seal, face an uphill battle for survival. Overpopulation of coastal areas, pollution, and fires pose significant threats to these species and their habitats. Spain’s precious wetlands are also under threat from activities such as dredging, mining, and intensive farming.
Our volunteering programmes form an integral part of Spain’s conservation efforts, providing opportunities to enhance environmental knowledge, learn new skills to counter harmful practices, and contribute to hands-on conservation initiatives. In Valencia, our volunteer project is located at the Albufera Natural Park, one of Spain’s most important wetland areas. In Denia, volunteers can participate in coastal and underwater cleaning, while in Galicia, our Dolphin and Whale research volunteer project focuses on data collection. These initiatives contribute significantly to the survival of Spain’s unique ecosystems and species, and offer a rewarding experience for those passionate about conservation.
Immerse yourself in Spain’s varied landscapes, delve into its rich history and culture, and be a part of the effort to conserve its precious wildlife and biodiversity. A volunteering journey in Spain promises a unique and fulfilling adventure, steeped in a deep understanding and appreciation of the country’s unique geography and climate.
Immerse yourself in Spanish culture and volunteer on a conservation project in the coastal cities of Valencia or Denia.
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