Flowers in Gran Canaria

Environment



One of the good things about walking on Gran Canaria is that there are no poisonous or dangerous insects or animals on the island. There are no foxes nor any other large wild animals, but you will hear and see many lizards scurrying around.

Goats near Toscon

In the North you may see herds of goats and sheep on the mountainsides, and cattle in enclosures. The largest wild mammal is the rabbit, you will see and hear dogs, most will be hunting dogs which are usually tied up or in an enclosure. The hunting season here in Gran Canaria is late August to late November, Sunday is the most popular day for the local hunters who shoot rabbit and partridge etc.

There are many interesting and endemic plants on the island, and also many interesting species of birds, including several birds of prey.


A Hoopoe

Mosquitoes and tics are not a major problem but they do exist, so a mosquito spray and an ‘after-bite’ pen are useful items to carry.

Be environmentally friendly, make sure that you take all of your rubbish home with you, including banana skins, orange peel, plastic bottles and bags etc.

If you are a smoker make 100% sure that your cigarette ends are properly extinguished. Forest and grass fires can be a problem here especially during the summer months.


If you have to pass through a gate make sure you secure it afterwards. The most important thing is to be careful about planning your hikes in Gran Canaria to get the maximum enjoyment from what I believe is a great hiking experience.

I recommend a digital camera to photograph whatever you see and then check the names of the plants, birds etc. in the comfort of your home, hotel or apartment rather than carrying heavy reference books with you on the walk.


Here are some recommendations of books and websites to help you identify what you have seen etc.
If you have any good recommendations for books or web site links then please let me know.

Websites

Books

BirdForum
The Net's Largest Birding Community, Dedicated To Wild Birds
Wild Flowers of the Canary Islands: 650 Endemic Canarian Species Described and Illustrated
David and Zoe Bramwell, ISBN 8472071294
Bird watching trip report
by Dave and Gerda Flumm
Flora of the Canary Islands
Jose Manuel Moreno, ISBN 8460481670
The Canary Islands Hot Spot Plant List for Gran Canaria
Lance Chilton, ISBN 1900802309
Checklist of the Birds of the Canary Islands: Lista De Las Aves De Las Islas Canarias
Eduardo Garcia del Rey, ISBN 8495412144

Don't Leave Gran Canaria Without Seeing It..

THE definitive Guide for hikers and explorers.. by Rambling Roger, resident in Gran Canaria


Volume 1: The Shorter Options
This guide is intended more for the casual hiker ( who wants a half day walk ) and visitors who want to discover the real heart of Gran Canaria by car or on foot.

Volume 2: The Longer Options
This second guide is for the serious hiker who wants a full day trek.


Volume 1 'The Shorter Options' Guide has approx. 20 circular and 15 routes from A to B with the local bus times included, there are also over 30 there-and-back walks, all of these walks are designed to be half day hikes.
This Guide also includes lots of information of what to see and do in the many rural villages and towns, with suggestions of where to enjoy local specialities.

Volume 2 'The Longer Options' Guide has approx. 20 circular and 5 routes from A to B with local bus times included, these walks are full day walks and are designed for the serious hiker. All walks have full GPS information included.
I am aware that there are already various hiking books in English about walking on Gran Canaria, but none are written by a local resident with years of experience of the hiking routes on this island.

Both Rambling Roger's Guides are regularly updated and available in printed or PDF version.


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