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Jardin Botanico (Gran Canaria)
The Jardin Canario is one of the largest and finest gardens in Europe and harbours the best collection of Canarian plants in the world. It is set in the Guinguada Valley at Tafira on Gran Canaria and is a must visit for anyone who visits the island and is interested in nature.
All the Canarian ecosystems are represented at the gardens, including the laurel forest, coastal euphorbia scrubland and the pine forests. There is also an impressive collection of cactus and palms and most of the 650-odd endemic Canarian plants are grown, inluding most of the aeoniums, echiums and the recently discovered Gran Canary dragon tree.
For birders, the garden is something of a haven and almost all the species present on the island, as well as a long list of migrants, have been seen there over the years.
Species list (breeding birds):
Birds you can see here include:
Eurasian Sparrowhawk, Common Buzzard, Common Kestrel, Red-legged Partridge, Common Moorhen, Stone-curlew, Yellow-legged Gull (L. cachinnans atlantis), Rock Dove, Barbary Dove, Eurasian Collared Dove, European Turtle Dove, various introduced parrots, Barn Owl, Long-eared Owl, Plain Swift, Pallid Swift, Eurasian Hoopoe, Berthelot's Pipit, Grey Wagtail, European Robin, Eurasian Blackbird, Spectacled Warbler, Sardinian Warbler, Blackcap, Canary Islands Chiffchaff, African Blue Tit (Notice that European Blue Tit also occurs on Gran Canaria as a migrant), Common Raven, Common Myna, Common Waxbill, Chaffinch, European Serin, Island Canary, European Greenfinch, European Goldfinch Trumpeter Finch, Corn Bunting
 Other Wildlife
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 Access and Facilities
The garden is free for visitors and takes a couple of hours to walk around. It is included on many of the guided tours around the island and can also be reached by hire car or by catching the bus to Las Palmas from the south and then catching a bus to Tafira, Santa Brigida or San Mateo.
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