Ourense Natural Spaces
O Invernadeiro Nature Reserve
The rivers that cross the Nature Reserve stand out due to the cleanliness of their waters. In the interior of the park there is a laboratory for the capture and restocking of trout.
O Invernadeiro Nature Reserve forms part of the Central Massif of Ourense and reaches heights of over 1,500 m. Its territory is marked by the two rivers Ribeira Grande and Ribeira Pequeña. Administratively, it belongs to the town councils of Conso, Chandrexa de Queixa, Laza and Castrelo do Val. The vegetation is populated by bushes of furze and heather, Sessile oak and chestnut. The most characteristic animals in the area are the sparrowhawk, the kestrel, the woodpigeon, the robin, the grey partridge, the wild boar, the fox and the beech marten.
Baixa Limia-Serra do Xurés
In the Baixa Limia-Serra do Xurés Nature Reserve, the climatic diversity imposes two climates, and consequently, tow different types of vegetation.
One of the main attractions of this park is the variety of its landscape. As for the vegetation, this space is situated between two great regions of European flora: the Euro-siberian, from the Atlantic province, and the Mediterranean, from the Carpathian-Leon province. Due to this, the vegetation alternates deciduous forests, characteristic of humid climate areas, with evergreen ones. We can therefore find Pyrenean oak, birch (below 1,000 metres), chestnut, holly tree or heather. As for the fauna, we must mention the kestrel, the Eurasian buzzard, the viper and some wolves. There are also rabbits, roe deer and wild boar. The inhabitants of the area use the lands as pastures and to grow fodder, alternating them with fallow rye fields.