Parque Natural de Somiedo

Somiedo Natural Park is a natural park located in the central area of the Cantabrian Mountains in the Principality of Asturias. It contains 39,164 hectares. Lakes in the park have been designated a natural monument, the Conjunto Lacustre de Somiedo. The farming methods traditional to the area are regarded as an example of

sustainable living, and were a factor in UNESCO's designation of the park as a Biosphere Reserve in 2000. Of particular interest is the braña, a traditional system of livestock herding based on transhumance, which makes use of high pastures for summer grazing. There is interest in preserving the traditional buildings of the brañas not only for farming purposes but also as a tourist attraction. Somiedo is one of a number of Biosphere Reserves in the Cantabrian mountains. UNESCO is also considering the inclusion of Somiedo in a World Heritage Site, for which transhumance would be one of the defining characteristics The park is a stronghold of the Cantabrian brown bear. The total number of bears in Spain is small and the government classes them as endangered. The European Union designated the park a Special Protection Area for birds in 1989. The natural park is also part of an Important Bird Area, called Babia-Somiedo.

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