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Protection of Cala Mosca

Parts of Cala Mosca, one of the last undeveloped areas on the Orihuela Costa is now protected as a nature park.

Helianthemumcaput felis plant

Helianthemum caput-felis
Photo: Hans Hillewaert (Wikimedia)

Cala Mosca is located just south of Torrevieja and the environmental management in the Valencia Region has decided to protect a 2.96 hectare area. The City council of Orihuela is now planning to appeal the decision to the autonomous region’s environment department as they believe that the protected area should be 3.51 hectares larger.

The basis for the conservation is the endemic plant “Jarilla the Cabeza de gato”. The plant has no English name, but the Latin name is Helianthemum caput-felis. Also the extremely rare land snail, Tudor Ella mauretanica, is found in this region.

It was planned that the site would be developed with 1,500 properties, but this has now been stopped due to the protection decision.


tudorella mauretania

Tudorella mauretania. Foto: Ministerio de Agricultura, Alimentación y Medio Ambiente