We travel to the dehesa of Extremadura to get to know the Valdepajares de Tajo estate, in the province of Cáceres.

Here we visit the first and only private protected natural area in Extremadura.  With 256 hectares and under the name of Vivencia Dehesa, it works on the regeneration and conservation of this natural environment, making livestock and agricultural use compatible with environmental education and the creation of natural products from medicinal and aromatic plants typical of the Mediterranean scrubland.

Under the status of Private Area of Ecological Interest, and very close to the SPA “Embalse de Valdecañas”, the Valdepajares de Tajo estate works in favour of biodiversity and demonstrates that protected areas can also be created from the private sector that are compatible with traditional livestock and agricultural production. You can find out more about their work on their website: www.vivenciadehesa.es

Today we want to introduce you to Carmen Perona, a native of Murcia who loves the dehesa in Extremadura and found her place in the world in this private protected area.

Chance brought her to this 256-hectare estate in 2014 and since then, Carmen, as Head of Biodiversity in the Vivencia Dehesa Project, has been working to show that traditional uses are compatible with dehesa conservation, and that wildlife is an ally of this ecosystem that is so typical of Extremadura. Join us to discover this protected area with her.