Frequently Asked Questions

Is Nature Reserve and Natura 2000 NETWORK the same?
No, it isn’t. The Natura 2000 Network is a protection initiative which was created by the European Union and it is laid down in a Directive. The Nature Reserve, on the contrary, is a protection initiative of the autonomous and national legislation. Nevertheless, it can happen that in many cases they both coincide in a same area. This is the case of the Nature Reserve A Baixa Limia—Serra do Xurés, which is at the same time a territory declared as Natura 2000 Network.

Is it possible to practise hunting and fishing in a Protected Open Space?
Hunting may be authorized by TECOR (ownerships of hunting territories) or Hunting Societies of the region, but only if they have Plans of Hunting Use endorsed by the Administration, which do not contradict Management Plans or PORN and that are supervised by an Environmental Body. The same happens with fishing activities. It is possible in river stretches where it is authorized by the Administration.

Is it allowed to camp in a Nature Reserve?
Camping is only permitted in those areas that are specially designated and authorized.

Which are the limitations of the inhabitants of Protected Open Spaces?
They have the limitations that are laid down in the management documents of the Protected Open Spaces, either by means of PORN, as in the case of a Nature Reserve, or by a Management Plan, if it is a Natura 2000 Network. These limitations may vary in relation to the zoning of a protected area that is established by the aforementioned PORN or Management Plan.

What is the role of farming and cattle raising in Protected Open Spaces?
Farming, cattle raising and forestry play an essential role in Protected Open Spaces. Then these activities have generated, for centuries, the landscape and natural conditions which nowadays are preserved as Protected Open Spaces. They are very important in the sustainable management of the territory and natural resources, as well as in the prevention of forest fires and the maintenance of the historic, artistic and cultural heritage of the Protected Open Spaces.