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.


LIFE IN COMMON LAND, which in Galician means life on land in common, is a project that takes place in a place of great natural value in the Natura 2000 Network: A Serra do Xistral.


This first video presents the LIFE IN COMMON LAND project (LIFE16 NAT/ES/000707) emphasizing the priority habitats of bogs and wet heaths to which the project's conservation actions are directed.


Here is the second video presentation of the LIFE IN COMMON LAND project, which transmits the importance of traditional uses in the conservation of the habitats of the Serra do Xistral Special Conservation Area.


Last video presentation of the project LIFE IN COMMON LAND, with the figure of the Neighborhood Mountains in Common Hand as an element of great importance for the conservation of the Serra do Xistral SAC, as well as a sign of social and cultural identity of the territory. Communities of Neighborhood Mountains in Common Hand are the great protagonists of the LIFE project.

Latest developments LIFE IN COMMON LAND

News related to the LIFE IN COMMON LAND project.

We present the speakers of the Final Congress of LIFE IN COMMON LAND, on November 8 and 9


The final congress of the LIFE in Common Land project will count with several experts from spain...

Registration now open for the LIFE IN COMMON LAND Final Congress, 8-9 November


This event will present the main results of the LIFE in Common Land project, as well as the...


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.