Reconnecting spaces of the Natura 2000 Network with living sheeptrails

An alliance to return the life to the livestock

Who we are
Who we are

An alliance to return the life to the livestock

Transhumance is a form of livestock management extensive, consisting in the displacement of seasonal livestock between areas of high or higher latitude, designed to summer pastures, and low lying areas or in lower latitude, in which the cattle spend the winter, following regular routes established. In the mediterranean region, transhumance is a practice that is highly adaptive, since it facilitates the coupling between the activities of grazing and the seasonal peaks of productivity of pastures, thus allowing an optimal exploitation of the existing resources, as well as the possibility of avoiding the most critical periods: summer drought in the lowlands and snow winter in the mountain areas.

The historical importance of livestock farming in Spain and other countries of the Mediterranean basin explains that they have developed an extensive network of VVPP. The desirability of protecting the movements of the herds led to the beginning runners reserved for the cattle in almost all of the iberian peninsula. The VVPP were, therefore, free from the action of the plough, constituting reservoirs or semi-natural habitats that have remained in force since the FIFTEENTH century. In Spain, it is estimated that the network reaches more than 125,000 km in length, which represents an area of 421,000 ha, roughly 1% of the area of the country

Name of the partners
Autonomous university of Madrid

Since its foundation in 1976, the Department of Ecology of the universidad autónoma de madrid is a research group of reference in Spain, with a recognized national and international reputation in the study of terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems in the mediterranean landscapes.

General directorate of Rural Development, Innovation and Forestry Policy (National Network of Livestock Routes) and General Directorate of Agriculture, Livestock and Food of the Community of Madrid

The Directorate-General of Agriculture, Livestock and Food is the competent body in the field of management of the Network of drovers Roads from the Community of Madrid. To do this, include in your chart the Area of Livestock, which is responsible for the management, maintenance and conservation of such a network.

Directorate-General for Natural Environment and Biodiversity

The General Directorate of Natural Environment and Biodiversity of Castilla-La Mancha is the competent body in matters of protection, conservation and management of the livestock routes of said Autonomous Community.

SEO BirdLife

The Spanish Society of Ornithology, it is the environmental NGO leader in Spain. Founded in 1954, its mission has remained the same since then: with bird-like flag, to conserve the biodiversity with the participation and involvement of the society.

Field In

Arises in 2010 as an entity that develops cultural strategies on the rural and links art, territory and social change through the agriculture, publishing, training, among others.


Join and participate with us

Part of this project and provides follow-up measures of conservation/restoration on the structural connectivity and functional that provide the livestock