Remembering the disaster that nearly destroyed Doñana
Two years ago in February, my first landfall in continental Europe was Doñana, Spain. From there I headed north through Spain, and on through Europe to the Arctic. I first visited Doñana in 1988, thirty years ago. I did not know it then, but it was to be the first of dozens of visits to a place that I would be compelled to return to. Today, I look back exactly 20 years, to a disaster that nearly destroyed this, Spain's most beloved natural and cultural space. To mark the anniversary, the Spanish conservation group SEO-BirdLife have invited me to blog about my memories of that fateful night. Click below for the Spanish and English versions, and my reflections on a 130 year-long Anglo-Spanish conservation story.
Laurence Rose is a conservationist, writer and composer. He has worked for the RSPB since 1983.