Fruits for Bears, Spain
Despite the increase in the number of brown bears in the Cantabrian mountains in northern Spain, their numbers are still classified as endangered and the current numbers are not enough to maintain a healthy population. The forests they live in do not provide enough food for them, and the bears are heading to lower land in search of food. The main aim of this project is to improve the habitat for the bears, ensuring wild fruits are available for the bears year round. This will be achieved mainly through planting fruit trees including cherry, chestnut and rowan, to create a new forest which will provide 10,500kg of fruit annually. 150 beehives, housing 7.5 million bees will be installed in the forest, to pollinate the fruit trees and their honey will help in the awareness raising of bear conservation with the many outdoor enthusiasts and locals who hike, bike and climb in the area.