This week we travel to the extreme north of the province of Palencia. There rises a spectacular, and almost unknown, mountain range that gives its name to this protected area of 78,360 ha that we are about to visit.

With 10 municipalities and 98 villages, the Montaña Palentina Natural Park (formerly known as the Natural Park of Fuentes Carrionas and Fuente Cobre-Montaña Palentina) was declared in 2000 to protect its landscape, botanical and faunistic values. Mountains of incredible beauty, the northernmost mass of junipers in Europe and several endemic Cantabrian plants are an important part of its attractions. But its greatest value is undoubtedly being a refuge for the brown bear, which finds its ideal habitat in these forests.

On this occasion, we will visit the Montaña Palentina Natural Park with Begoña Almeida. This brown bear and rural world enthusiast joined the Brown Bear Patrols of the Fundación Oso Pardo in 1995 and since then she has been working on the study and conservation of this emblematic Cantabrian species. Do you want to know how? Be sure to watch this episode to find out about the work of Begoña and the Fundación Oso Pardo in this protected area.