Habitat of Lucanus cervus and Rosalia alpina

The pollarded beeches of Motxotegi, a sanctuary of biodiversity

Mikel Fernández de Larrinoa – Carlos Garrido. Specialists from the Directorate-General for the Environment. Biscay Regional Council

Leo Tolstoy said that «some cross the forest and see only firewood». Indeed, anyone getting lost in the beech forest of Motxotegi (Ubide) will find more than just wood for the fire. You will come across a forest of high natural value, largely thanks to traditional forest pollarding practices, which have generated different habitats where a rich community of living beings coexist.