Doñana two, 20 and 30 years on
Two years ago in February, my first landfall in continental Europe was Doñana, Spain.
Remembering the disaster that nearly destroyed Doñana
Two years ago in February, my first landfall in continental Europe was Doñana, Spain. From there I headed north through Spain, and on through Europe to the Arctic. I first visited Doñana in 1988, thirty years ago. I did not know it then, but it was to be the first of dozens of visits to a place that I would be compelled to return to. Today, I look back exactly 20 years, to a disaster that nearly destroyed this, Spain’s most beloved natural and cultural space. To mark the anniversary, the Spanish conservation group SEO-BirdLife have invited me to blog about my memories of that fateful night. Click below for the Spanish and English versions, and my reflections on a 130 year-long Anglo-Spanish conservation story.