LIFE IN COMMON LAND is a demonstration / collaborative project focused on
    the conservation of peatland and Atlantic wetland habitats in A Serra do Xistral

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    A seemingly hostile massif looms almost on the edge of the Cantabrian Sea, a sea that promotes the rise of dense fogs on the slopes of rolling hills ...

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Preserving biodiversity in an uncommon land with uncommon people.

The project is born to reverse the various threats menacing the target habitats in Serra do Xistral, from which we may highlight the following: the progressive abandonment of traditional land use –mainly grazing practices—, which results in altered landscape composition and configuration; the ambiguity and vagueness of environmental management guidelines; the degradation of habitats that depend on human activities; climate change; and the strenuous conditions of mountain areas, which lead to a gradual loss of the local population.

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News related to the LIFE IN COMMON LAND project.


Serra do Xistral boasts the most valuable ensemble of wet heathlands and bogs of the Iberian northwest in terms of biodiversity conservation, including a blanket bog complex unparalleled in all the European southwest.

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Traditional land use

Wild ponies are a key element of open ecosystems in Galicia´s mountain ranges, specifically in Serra do Xistral, as well as vital for the conservation of heathland habitats.

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Montes veciñais

A great part of lands in Galicia are neither public nor held individually, constituting an administrative model of great specificity within European territory.

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The SAC Serra do Xistral is ascribed to the landscape unit denominated Sierras (mountain ranges) and it is located within the Galician northern mountain ranges, also called Astur-Galician mountain ranges. This mountainous natural unit, whose northern slopes and crests climate fits neatly into the definition of oceanic climate, marked by the absence of summer droughts and by high annual precipitations, constitutes the western sector of the Cantabrian Range, running parallel to the Galician Atlantic coastline, which stretches on from the gulf of Ártabro to the mouth of the river Eo.