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Flora in Lea Ibarra

Lea Valley - Flora in Lea Ibarra

The environment of the valley has changed significantly in the last few years, mainly as a result of the influence of man. In order to obtain profits, fields, pine forests, industrial areas or populated areas have replaced all the oak woods which once covered the region. On the other hand, we will find many vegetable gardens, orchards and grazing fields near the river and at the foot and top of small hills.

The Cantabrian laurel forest (Lauro nobile-Quercetum ilicis) is probably the most outstanding ecosystem in the Valley. Although the change in the energy customs of the locals has had a lot to do with this, the edaphic conditions of the terrain (stony, thin, steep) have allowed the formation of this ecosystem that is unique in the world.

Nevertheless, although the river´s margins have been transformed in the benefit of exploitations, industry or populated areas, Lea Ibarra has clinged to its own climate and ecosystem. Thus, the valley still preserves the woods formed by alders, ashes, willows and poplars.

Tree species in the forest of Lea Ibarra

TYPES OF TREES MUNITIBAR AULESTI GIZABURUAGA AMOROTO MENDEXA LEA IBARRA
Atlantic Forests 93 45 7 52 7 204
Oak 0 211 52 6 19 288
Eucalyptus 12 55 21 269 249 606
Beech Tree 12 1 0 0 0 13
Other Leafies 8 68 11 28 4 119
Leafies Total 125 390 91 355 279 1.240
Insignis Pine 1.744 1.489 397 672 142 4.444
Other Coniferousk 57 20 3 43 21 144
Coniferous Total 1.801 1.509 400 715 163 4.588
TOTAL 1.927 1.899 491 1.070 442 5.829
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