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Odiel Marshes

flamingos and waders

Located south of Huelva province , at the confluence of Tinto and Odiel rivers, north-west of Doñana, the meeting between fresh and salt water has led to a complex of marshes influenced by tides, known as Odiel Marshes.

The channels of both rivers bring a large amounts of sediments loaded with nutrients which are the main staple food for the birds that inhabit this natural area. These strong forces generate islands separated by water channels as Enmedio Island, Saltés Island and Bacuta Island. These saline substrates determine the prevalence of species of halophytes such as pickleweed or cordgrass, the real determiner of the ecology and landscape of these marshes.

Part of its ecological wealth is the variety of landscapes. From tidal marshes to lagoons as that of Batán and Taraje, from sandy beaches like that of Espigón to forests like El Almendral, El Acebuchal and La Cascajera. The old salt pans of the traditional Salinas de Bacuta and the most modern of Salinas Aragonesas increase this variety of suitable habitats for birds.

This is the second most important wetland in the region and stands out especially for its communities of migratory and wintering birds. On Isla de Enmedio, declared a Natural Reserve, we have one of the largest European breeding colonies of spoonbills. Furthermore this natural area today supports several nesting pairs of osprey.

Associated with these marshes we also visit often the Laguna de El Portil, a small coastal lagoon that offers a few interesting species of birds plus the always impressive common chameleon; Lagunas de las Madres and Palos, flanked by refineries and strawberry fields; the Estero de Domingo Rubio, near the Monastery of La Rabida, a major point of cultural interest; Rio Tinto, where you can find some complementary species of passerines and raptors.
Featured species: osprey, marsh harrier, spoonbill, flamingo, red-knobbed coot, avocet, audouin’s gull, sandwich tern, kentish plover, black-eared wheatear, blue rock thrush, crag martin, little swift, golden oriole.

  • Recommended season

    Spring, autumn, winter

  • Duration

    Full day

  • Price

    Check with us
    Extra costs: lunch and petrol

  • Type of vehicle

    Our 4×4 vehicle or your own car

  • Included

    4×4 vehicle, driver-guide,
    telescope, field book

  • Starting time

    Agreed with you
    Recommended before sunrise

  • Starting point

    Your hotel in El Rocío
    Our offices in El Rocío

bando de limícolas con un pinar de fondo
Avocets and godwits in the salt pans
antiguos esteros salineros
Traditional salt pans
flores amarillas de la cistanche
Flowers of a parasitic plant
Río Odiel con las industrias del polo químico de fondo
The Odiel River
grupo de flamencos
Group of flamingos
planta de malcomia littorea
Malcomia littorea

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