Lecture by Dr Juan José Negro - 'Doñana: The building of an icon for nature conservation'
Four lectures have been arranged at the Gustavo Bacarisas Gallery during the month of March, aimed to coincide with the events around World Wildlife Day.
The third lecture will be given by Dr Juan José Negro of the Estación Biológica de Doñana (CSIC) on Tuesday 20th March at 6:30pm.
Doñana National Park and surrounding protected areas contain the remains of the marshes of the Guadalquivir River at its estuary with the Atlantic Ocean. A young territory from a geological perspective – only a few thousand years old – has become a legend for conservationists and nature lovers due to its spectacular landscapes and impressive avifauna. Preserved for centuries as a hunting ground for the aristocracy and for being impractical for agriculture or forestry, Doñana emerged as a stronghold for conservation and ecological studies in the mid-20th century thanks to the “Doñana Expeditions”, led by British ornithologists, and hosted by Sherry wine producers – incidentally, the landowners.
The Doñana marshes are seasonally flooded by the winter rains, but dry up completely during the long summer. Winter is the season for spotting geese, ducks and waders. The heronries and the bush teem with life in spring… We know of its glorious past, but is there a future for Doñana, which is already suffering from global warming and besieged by a growing and demanding human population?
The lecture is open to all and entry is free.