Route 4. Seixo Branco. Nature

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Coast of O Seixo Branco

This route follows the spectacular rugged coast, with many inlets and headlands. Here we can see the white seam of quartz, O Seixo Branco, and a couple of islets: O Marolete and A Marola. This combination of elements moulded by the wind has earned the status of Site of Community Interest in the Natura 2000 Network, and Natural Monument.

The panoramic view allows us to see Cape Prior, the estuary of the River Ares and the city of A Coruña, all washed by the immensity of the sea.

The geological formations that we find along the cliffs are also interesting, marine caves called furnas caused by the erosion of the wind from above and the erosion of the sea from below. With each wave the water is channelled through these cavities and gains speed due to their narrowing. Amongst them stand out A Regocha, Ollo pequeno, Ollo grande, etc.

Furna

The moist ocean climate keeps temperatures fairly constant throughout the year. This coastal influence also gives form to the flora, mainly creepers and bushy thickets adapted to the gusts of wind. Amongst the plants that inhabit the granite headlands are the Armeria pubigera (Sea Thrift or Sea Pink) and a very abundant species, the Gorse (Ulex europaeus) which covers large areas yellow in springtime. An endemic species of the western Iberian coastline present in this area is the Angelica pachycarpa (Shiny-leaved Angelica), a perennial plant which can reach a metre in height.

The fauna that is associated to these rugged rock faces is mainly composed of marine birds, such as the Yellow-legged Seagull (Larus michahellis) and the European Shag (Phalacrocorax aristotelis). From these cliffs we can see the spectacular flight of the Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus).

Armeria pubigera

In the area with bush vegetation there are also Black Redstarts (Phoenicurus ochruros) and Dartford Warblers (Sylvia undata). At the beginning of the route, in the area more sheltered from the implacable wind, there is more woodland; pine forest with isolated individuals of autochthonous species such as Bay Laurel (Laurus nobilis) or Pedunculate Oak (Quercus robur).

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