This is a vast plain covered by fields containing many different crops which make up a landscape of geometric shapes where the natural vegetation has been encroached upon by unirrigated crops intermingled with olive groves. This area hosts one of the main populations of great bustard in Andalusia, relatively isolated from other populations of this species. This area also support a varied and complete list of other species linked to the cereal steppe habitat like black-bellied sandgrouse, little bustard, stone curlew and montagu’s harrier.
Part of the territory is located in an endorheic area with a good number of lagoons like the Complex of Lantejuela where a varied list of species of waterfowl, waders and herons gather among which white-headed duck and red-knobbed coot stand out.
Scattered trees (mainly holm oaks and olive trees) and shrubs like the rockrose, gorse or lavender appear. Aquatic vegetation dominates the lagoon edges. But the real stars in the cereal steppes are the species of unirrigated crops, the most abundant are wheat, barley, sunflower and olive although many species of grasses are also kept for use as pasture for livestock. Also and to a lesser extent we can find vineyards and fruit orchards.
This area includes one of the two most important locations for black-bellied sandgrouse in western Andalusia and most importantly the main breeding population of great bustard in the whole region with more than 25 adult males and a total of around 100 individuals .
Featured species: great bustard, little bustard, black-bellied sandgrouse, montagu’s harrier, lesser kestrel, stone curlew, calandra lark, collared pratincole, red-knobbed coot and white-headed duck.
he gave us a very informative dissertation
on folk customs, botany, zoology,
environmental sustainability ... well, even
children talked later about how many
things they learned and how easy
was to understand him.”
– Fátima García –
Antonio in Doñana. It is appreciated when
people love their work, enjoy teaching
others all they know and do not have any
hurry to finish. And furthermore the
equipment was just perfect, telescope, binos
and field guides were of a great help to us.”
– Pedro Dámaso –
was the highlight of our visit to
Andalusia. Not only for the 100 species
of birds we saw, but also because of the
interesting information from the guide
on Doñana’s ecology and history. It was
an unforgettable experience for us.”
– Andrea Owen & Martin Holmes –
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