Fauna and Flora
The river Brugent and its surroundings are free from pollutants and in a good state of conservation. Around the river, the well-preserved riverside woodland maintains its natural features with alders, willows, ashes, elms and other riparian trees. This makes many places in Les Planes essential habitat for wildlife, whether for reproduction, food or shelter. In addition, these water points attract many animals to drink, such as many native and migratory birds.
At the eastern end of the municipality, below Les Encies, the typical Mediterranean holm oak groves are in abundance, while in the shady area of the mountain of El Far oak groves (Quercus pubescens) proliferate. Above the oaks there are strips of pasture, and the highest part of the mountain range is covered with beech woods. In the undergrowth, you can find lush herbaceous vegetation with ferns, violets, strawberries, veronicas, mallows and shrubs, such as boxwood, holly, rosemary and heather, among others. Mushrooms are linked to the vegetation around them, and in autumn chanterelles, ‘rat’s feet’, king eggs, grey knight and pinkmottle woodwax grow in abundance.
There’s plenty of fauna too, in keeping with the habitat, with shrews, hedgehogs, moles, mice, wild boar, guillemots, badgers, pheasants, genets, weasels and hares. There’s also a wide variety of birds, such as partridge, blackbirds, woodpeckers, hawks, crows, terns, nightingales, sparrows, jays, robins, herons, cuckoos, and at night, the owl and tawny owl. If you are interested in reptiles and amphibians, the toad, salamander, frog, water snake and viper also reside here.
To find out more about some of the plants and animals hosted in the Brugent gorges, including protected species, we recommend that you visit the website espaiprotegitdelbrugent.cat. espaiprotegitdelbrugent.cat.