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The rutting season of deers

Red deer, fallow deer and sika deer are most exciting to watch in the autumn, when the rut begins. October is the most exciting time of year to watch our deer as they engage in fierce mating battles. The three largest species of deer (red, fallow and sika) all rut in the autumn and are easy to watch in parks and in the wild. Rutting activity is most intense soon after dawn, though some activity occurs throughout the day. Deer are interesting to watch because their behaviour changes as the rut progresses. In Montes de Toledo (Toledo Hills, Spain), around the Cabañeros National Park you can discover the deers rutting. A land of lynxes, great eagles and vultures, where we will find natural observatories for listening to the amazing sound from the male deers in mating period, the Berrea (Rutting) and watching the spectacular behaviour of great heards of deers. Organization

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The Valley Vultures route

One of the most abrupt and forest areas to observe birds such as the bearded vulture or the common vulture is the Valley of the Vultures, located in Lleida (Catalonia), Spain. In this region you can observe and incredible large of birds like in very few places, as it is one of the few regions where it is possible to observe the four European vultures in the wild, a true concert of great ghouls performed by bearded vultures, griffon vultures, black vultures and Egyptian vultures. The Vulture Valley Route is aimed at anyone, regardless of age, who wants to enjoy a day in this place, of great natural and cultural value. The route route is designed to be done by vehicle, but it is also possible to do it by mountain bike or on foot (31 km). You can walk in a guided or self-guided way (the City of Tremp has a free guide service). Organization

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Astronomical observation

Learn how to identify constellations with our own eyes andthen with a telescope to observe the main deep sky objects, while we taste some liquor of the Catalan Pyrenees, in Spain. This experience mixes the culture and science and takes place in the Alt Pirineu Natural Park. We have two portable telescopes and additional materials that we need to develop the activity anywhere you want. The activity is always diferent because it depends on the season or the moon. Organization

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Visit the House of the Bees

Abejas del Valle (Bees of the Valley) is a classroom-museum created for teaching the world of bees, where you can safely observe these hard-working insects, is located in Poyales del Hoyo, Ávila (Spain) in the Natural Park Sierra de Gredos. Seeing the bees in action acting freely in their natural environment makes this original living museum unique. How they live and work, how they defend themselves, their relationship with humans, all this you will discover in the classroom workshop the bees of the valley. Guided by the hand of an expert beekeeper we will discover the fascinating and unknown world of honey bees. Through direct observation of our hanging hives and with the support of excellent HD images we will see the queen lay eggs, the drones feeding and the workers collecting honey and pollen. Organization

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The river forest exhibition

The Life Alnus project opens a traveling exhibition "The river forests, the great unknown". The intention is to explain to the public what the river forests are and what are the conservation and restoration actions that the project implements in the basins of the Ter, Segre and Besòs rivers. Life Alnus experimentally develops in Catalonia a conservation strategy for Mediterranean alder forests, considered habitats of community interest, that allows reversing the regression and degradation of the riverbanks and creating a model that can be exported to the rest of the Mediterranean biogeographic arch. It is a project of the European Union and lasts for 4 years, until June 2021. It is included in the LIFE Nature & Biodiversity program, which co-finances projects in favor of the environment and sustainable development in areas included in the Natura 2000 Network (RN2000). Organization

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The flowers of the witches

In the Natural Park of Cadí, in Catalonia, Spain they offer diferent range of interesting courses related to the world of the flowers. One of the courses has a focus on the Flowers of the Witches, In this course we will know and study some of the plants that, in our popular culture, are related to witches. potions, ointments, protective bouquets and rituals will be made. Women accused of witchcraft, tortured and sentenced to death in medieval Europe had a great knowledge of the plants around them. Many of these women, from the humblest classes, used to act as healers and midwives and used plants to prepare remedies and spells. We will approach the world of witch herbs in a playful way. We will learn from the popular knowledge that women had and we will understand why this knowledge was wanted to be destroyed by the genocide against women (called witches), which took place in medieval Europe. Organization