Region covered by this guide
This nature and wildlife guidebook covers Tenerife and La Gomera, including all its Natural and National Parks. It is a thorough and practical guide for naturalists and nature lovers. The guide offers background information, detailed routes and site descriptions plus tips on watching wildlife and finding birds and wildflowers. The book offers a mix of walking routes and car routes with stops and short walks. All the walks in this book, including some more challenging ones, are designed to explore the landscape and find birds and wildlife rather than covering ground.
About Tenerife and La Gomera and their wildlife
Tenerife and La Gomera are the most diverse islands of the Canaries. Set in a dramatic landscape, these are islands of extremes: from sun-baked, shrubby lava fields to evergreen cloud forests, and from lush terraced mountain slopes to the strange high-altitude semi-desert in the crater of the Teide volcano – each corner is a different world. Only two ingredients are constant: spectacular scenery and an endemic flora and fauna. Over 30% of the wildflowers of Tenerife and La Gomera occur nowhere else in the world but here, hence the title the ‘Galapagos of botany’ sometimes given to the islands. Likewise, the birds, the reptiles and butterflies have evolved into a unique fauna. Hence, these islands are a must-see for anyone with a passion for the natural world. This book is designed to be your companion on your explorations.
Look for more information and images on our Wildlife Site Page on Tenerife.
About the authors
Dirk Hilbers (NL, 1976), set up the Crossbill Guides Foundation and travels Europe to research the guidebooks. This is the 17th guide on which he has worked. As a biologist, when not in the field, Dirk Hilbers is a free-lance writer and and environmental ethics.
Kees Woutersen (NL, 1956) lives and works in Huesca in the north of Spain. Before retirement, he ran his own nature travel company, Aragon Natuurreizen, that specialises in bird trips, including trips to Tenerife and La Gomera. Besides this guide Kees also wrote, together with Dirk, the Crossbill Guide to Lanzarote and Fuerteventura, plus several other guides on areas in Spain and Portugal.