By José Antonio Sánchez Iglesias
Posted in Summer
Spring is gone and with it one of the most splendid times of the year in Doñana National Park. Now flora and fauna will have to go through summer, a very long dry and hot period in our latitudes. While not the best time to visit, Doñana continues to offer summer visitors a wonderful example of wild nature.
Our tours, starting from the village of El Rocio, will take you through forests and marshes in the north of the National Park towards the José Antonio Valverde Visitor Centre. Now in summer, an early start or a late end are compulsory in order to increase the options of seeing mammals such as reed and fallow deer, wild boar or the Iberian lynx, which concentrate all their day’s activity during the cooler hours of the beginning and the end of the day. The green and flowery meadows of spring have given way to yellowish grasslands, contrasting sharply with the green of pines, oaks and mastic trees. In absence of flowers, partridges and magpies are those who put the note of colour in our pine and oak forests. Black Kites and Booted Eagles spend their last days with us before returning to their winter quarters in Africa
In the marshes, the landscapes don’t look anything like the uniform winter sea or the vast spring meadow. Herds of marsh cows and mares struggle to survive in the sort of desert that remains after the waters have completely evaporated. The skies over the dry clays will give us the chance to see the majestic flight of the Spanish Imperial Eagle and enjoy other raptors on migration as Short-toed Eagle or Osprey.
Some days we will also go and take a look at the nearby Hato Raton rice fields, where many of our birds are now concentrated in search of the water and food lacking in the marshes.
During your visit to Doñana in summer we would also recommend you, if you haven’t done it yet, a visit to our long white sandy beaches and a walk along trails such as that of Laguna del Jaral, near Matalascañas, or La Rocina and Acebrón, the latter is definitely the coolest Doñana place during the dry season, near El Rocío. Enjoy it!
You will find more details about what you can expect to find in Doñana this summer by visiting Discovering Doñana Facebook and checking our natural calendar