Other wildlife in Sebes Reserve
Sebes Nature Reserve is well-known all over for its ornithological diversity as well as for the presence of nesting or migratory birds which are not very common in this country. Furthermore, many of these birds can be spotted with ease from available infrastructures (observatories, walkways, routes), and from which photographers take great enjoyment. The kingfisher, marsh harrier, purple heron, little bittern, common bittern… are just some of the emblematic species you can see here.
But there is other, not so well known wildlife, which is at the same time extremely interesting for nature lovers. That is because the Sebes area has such a wide contrast of habitats, ranging from wetlands and olive groves to scrubland. The zoologist Fritz Haas, who arrived in Flix in 1912, made the first recorded sightings of the wildlife here. As an expert malacologist, mollusks were his speciality but he did not ignore other interesting wildlife. He sent captured examples to German herpetologist Robert Martens who noted the first records of herpetological wildlife in this part of the Catalan region.
Species like the Spanish pond turtle, spiny-footed lizard, horseshoe whipsnake and ocellated lizard which caught their attention at that time, can still be seen in the area. This more discreet wildlife, like the rare but equally attractive Mediterranean house gecko, belongs to the group of wildlife species which gives the Sebes area such great diversity and which must be preserved at all costs. It is this group of species, their habitats and their relationships which in fact determine a good state of conservation in a natural area.