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In the heart of La Garrotxa Volcanic Natural Park our specialist English-speaking guides from the Green Volcanic Association will assist  your group in discovering the secrets of the local volcanic landscape – the largest in the Iberian Peninsula - and the impact of this protected area on the local population and landscape.  Our recommended options include;

1. Processes in the formation of volcanic rocks:

TOPICS:  Plate tectonics, European Rift, Volcanic landscape: uses and resources

You’ll meet your expert guide and firstly the visit Croscat, the tallest and youngest volcano in the Iberian Peninsula. Here, we will learn about the structure of cinder cones, inside and out, and the nature of volcanic materials. As well, we will look at how a rural landscape adapts to and benefits from the presence of the volcanoes.

After lunch, you’ll head off to Sant Joan les Fonts, where we will look at the basalt formed when a lava flow solidifies.  You will also examine the lenticular formations and basalt columns formed as the lava flow cools and the three lava flows that coursed along the valley of the river Fluvià.

An ideal visit for discovering pyroclasts and basalts resulting from volcanic eruptions.

2. A volcanic system and eruption sequence

TOPICS: Plate tectonics, European Rift, Different types of eruptions, Eruptive systems,  Analysis of volcanic material: pyroclasts and lava flows

Begin the day with a walk up to the crater of the Santa Margarida volcano. This cinder cone was formed by the first phase of the eruption and the crater’s width gives us some idea of the initial power of this eruption. You’ll then head for Croscat, the youngest volcano the Iberian Peninsula. Its pyroclastic deposits provide clues as to the 2nd to 5th phases of this eruption, now Strombolian in nature. Next you will visit La Pomereda, where the lava flow from the final effusive phase is revealed. Finally, you will visit the Fageda de’n Jordà, a beech wood standing on Croscat’s ‘aa’ lava flow, where you can walk on its roughened surface and visit some of its remarkable blisters.

An ideal visit for discovering the true nature and power of volcanic eruptions and just how they mould and influence the landscape.

3. Human Impact: How Would You Run a Natural Park

TOPICS:  Management in a protected area, Human impact in an important area for tourism, Plate tectonics

Head for a day in the Natural Park to enable students to find out how the park is run. You will visit sites as diverse as the main car parks, the information centres, the former rubbish tip, private houses, various tourist sites and the volcano of Croscat.

Each student will be given the task of carrying out an environmental impact of the areas, with the details of the subjects that need to be tackled. At the end of the day, the groups will draft a document with recommendations for managing this protected area.

4. A case study: how to manage a natural park in a humanized peri-urban landscape

TOPICS: Management of a protected landscape, Human and Social impact, Reconciliation of landscape conservation and economic activities


Coastal Landscape and Ecosystem Analysis Study Day (Full Day)

From the bay of Roses, a coastal landscape and coastal ecosystem analysis will be carried out in one of the most beautiful Mediterranean coast spots, Costa Brava-Cap Creus.

In the morning undertake a landscape interpretation based on maps and yours guide explanations of the geology of the area, human changes in the landscape, main features of the landscape). 

Your groups will also conduct a human impact analysis, assessing human impact, identifying key issues and possible solutions.

After lunch, disks coastal maritime ecosystem theories with your guide with opportunities to carry out data gathering in 2 differing locations.


Delta del Llobregat Guided Study Day

Enjoy a guided visit with a site specialist to Llobregat Agricultural Park, located in the floodplains of the delta and the valley of the Llobregat River, occupying a central position within the metropolitan area of Barcelona.

This day is organized around 6 concepts that help to understand  the delta and its formation as well as its specific characteristics, accessing the areas, shape, composition, gradient, size, evolution and land use.

The delta holds notable botanical and zoological singularities closely connected to the wetlands: the end of the river, lakes, and coastal pinewoods on pristine beaches with dunes and rare vegetation.


Cape of de Creaus Nature Reserve Guided Study Days

The first maritime-terrestrial park in Spain is an area of unique geological configuration as well as exceptional biological and scenic quality. Combined with the rich vegetation, in which Mediterranean and continental elements coexist, there are numerous strange species, some endemic.  We offer two walks led by an expert guide;

1. This beautiful walk takes the coastal path from follows an age-old trail along the rocky coastline as far as a lighthouse at the easternmost point of the Iberian Peninsula. On the way, the path passes between dry-stone walls, visits lonely coves and in spring is a riot of colour. Eagles, seabirds, orchids, butterflies all await your group. Your guide will share their knowledge of the parks features along the way.  Distance: 3.5miles spread over a full day

2. A guided walk from Cap de Norfeu, a special protection area, back to Roses along the wonderful coastal path. You’ll pass along one of the best-preserved sections of the Costa Brava to the interpretation centre at Punta Falconera. You will examine the geology of the area  and  take a look at both the flora and fauna , whilst enjoying wonderful views over Roses Bay. Distance 5 miles spread over full day

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