FOUNDATION LAMMERGIERFONDS LGF AND FUNDACIÓN PARA LA CONSERVACIÓN DEL QUEBRANTAHUESOS FCQ
There it is, the Biological Station Monte Perdido, at the best spot to observe Bearded Vultures in the Pyrenees! Its official inauguration was at the 2nd of May, 2007. Once you have felt the cold stare of the majestic Bearded Vulture upon you while it floats past with imperceptible movement of its wings, then you know: this is something everybody should experience. The main purpose of the foundation LammerGierFonds LGF is the conservation and protection of the Bearded Vulture and its habitat. Up to now the most important work of the LGF has been the restoring and preparing for use of the ruins of the main old building of Revilla, an abandoned village in the Pyrenees of Aragón (Spain). There you can see the Bearded Vulture. There, in the Pyrenees is the only population of Bearded Vultures in Europe that is viable up to now. LGF has started a beautiful cooperation with FCQ, the Spanish foundation Fundación para la Conservación del Quebrantahuesos. Spanish for Bearded Vulture is Quebrantahuesos, bonebreaker. The FCQ is now manager of the Biological Station Monte Perdido BSMP. This foundation has a website for all recent information on the Bearded Vulture and its habitat in the Pyrenees. Its contents are to a great extent translated into English: www.quebrantahuesos.org
BIOLOGICAL STATION MONTE PERDIDO, BSMP
In this restored house at Revilla the FCQ put up a radio following station to take down every Bearded Vulture that goes past and is provided with radiotransmittor. There are three nesting sites nearby and a new couple is reconnoitering the rocks that rise above Revilla. The surroundings and the building with its audio-visual hall, bedrooms, dining hall and livingroom make it a perfect place for conferences, seminaries, workshops, courses related to the conservation and protection of nature and environment, especially in the Pyrenees. The Bearded Vulture is its symbol. The place is also perfect for a few days’ stay of groups of nature lovers such as birdwatchers, amateurs of butterflies, mosses, mushrooms, reptiles and amphibians. There is lodging for about 20 persons. With groups a host of the FCQ is present. Individuals such as students, researchers or nature lovers such as fotografers of nature or members of nature associations may make an appointment with the FCQ for the keys of the house, a big responsibility.
The restoration of the historical building, Casa Juan Bernad, was done in the old style. With added modern but sustainable comfort: running water throughout, from the recently built reservoir uphill of Revilla, hot water from collector panels, electricity from fotovoltaic cells. Only central heating is not yet sustainable, still with oil. Perhaps in due time almondshells will serve, like it is done for the Ecomuseum in Aínsa, also run by FCQ. But the village is situated just below a southface rockwall, very much protected against the cold in winter – the mating season for the Bearded Vulture. Against the heat of summer it is the thick walls of the house that give protection. The original and most antique spot in the house is the traditional fireplace with benches. It dates from the fourteenth or fifteenth century. The historical data are to be investigated and put down in a report. The traditional kitchen is traditionally small, for use only for a small number of guests. When larger groups stay in the house, the restaurant at 2 km from Revilla will take on the catering.
Aínsa is at about 20 km distance from Revilla. Information about how to get to the BSMP can be found at the desk of the Ecomuseo of the FCQ in Aínsa. Please contact the LGF for a visit.