The Sierra de las Nieves Nature Park (Snow Mountains) lying in a mountainous part of Malaga province between Marbella and Ronda, extending to 18,000 Ha, was declared Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO in 1995 due to the diversity and importance of the plants and animals there.
The area ranges from 100m to 1,900m above sea level and the mountains are of limestone, typically contain a number of caves. One in particular, named the GESM after the group of potholes who originaly explored it, has its entrance at 1,670, then descends over 1,000m through a number of vertical falls, and a lake near the bottom.
The Spanish Pine grows here at the higher levels along with other pines, while gall oak, holm oak and cork oaks grow at the lower levels and a veriety of wild flowers grow at all levels.
150 species of birds can be found in the Sierra de las Nieves, 90 of which breed there.
There are 9 small towns with the park and many of the inhabitants of the area live from agriculture and cattle breeding, as they will have done for generations before.
The official Seirra de las Nieves website can be found here
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