Invasive Species

In the Community of Madrid area, in Spain, can be found a number of invasive species that have become commonly present in the local fauna. Species such as Acacia dealbata, Lonicera japonica, Eucalyptus, Vinca difformis, and Lantana camara have rapidly naturalized. These plants can be thought of as the non-human counterpart of a series of human migrations that have been introduced to the European continent for the past 25 years, many of them from the Americas. Migrations of plants and animals, which are less notorious and have been taking place for a very long time, are of a very different nature than those of humans: the latter arrive willing and able to set foot upon a strange, possibly more fertile land, adapting silently to the conditions of their new environment. [...]