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Birdwatching on the Route

Aldea del Cano

Aldea del Cano

Aldea del Cano

Aller

Aller's Landscape

Paisaje de Aller

Aller

Aller's Landscape

Paisaje de Aller

Aller

Aller's Landscape

Paisaje de Aller

Aller

Aller's Landscape

Paisaje de Aller

Aller

Aller's Landscape

Paisaje de Aller

Baños de Montemayor

Villa Termal de Calidad Excelente

Villa Termal de Calidad Excelente

Baños de Montemayor

Villa Termal de Calidad Excelente

Villa Termal de Calidad Excelente

Béjar

Ruta de las Fábricas Textiles

Ruta de las Fábricas Textiles

Béjar

Ruta de las Fábricas Textiles

Ruta de las Fábricas Textiles

Benavente

Merece un alto en el camino

Merece un alto en el camino

Benavente

Merece un alto en el camino

Merece un alto en el camino

Calzadilla de los Barros

Retablo del Divino Salvador

Retablo del Divino Salvador

Calzadilla de los Barros

Retablo del Divino Salvador

Retablo del Divino Salvador

Carmona

Carmona, a museum

Carmona, a museum

Carmona

Carmona, a museum

Carmona, a museum

Carmona

Carmona, a museum

Carmona, a museum

Carmona

Carmona, a museum

Carmona, a museum

Carmona

Carmona, a museum

Carmona, a museum

Casar de Cáceres

Miliarios romanos

Miliarios romanos

Casar de Cáceres

Miliarios romanos

Miliarios romanos

Fuente de Cantos

Land of Painters, Cultures and Traditions

Land of Painters, Cultures and Traditions

Fuente de Cantos

Land of Painters, Cultures and Traditions

Land of Painters, Cultures and Traditions

Fuente de Cantos

Land of Painters, Cultures and Traditions

Land of Painters, Cultures and Traditions

Fuente de Cantos

Land of Painters, Cultures and Traditions

Land of Painters, Cultures and Traditions

Fuente de Cantos

Land of Painters, Cultures and Traditions

Land of Painters, Cultures and Traditions

Gijón

Northern Spain with Zest

Asturias con sal

Gijón

Northern Spain with Zest

Asturias con sal

Gijón

Northern Spain with Zest

Asturias con sal

Gijón

Northern Spain with Zest

Asturias con sal

Gijón

Northern Spain with Zest

Asturias con sal

Guijuelo

Guijuelo

Guijuelo

Guijuelo

Guijuelo

Guijuelo

Hervás

Turismo con corazón

Turismo con corazón

Hervás

Turismo con corazón

Turismo con corazón

La Bañeza

Gran Premio de Velocidad Ciudad de La Bañeza

Gran Premio de Velocidad Ciudad de La Bañeza (20-21 de agosto 2016)

La Bañeza

Gran Premio de Velocidad Ciudad de La Bañeza

Gran Premio de Velocidad Ciudad de La Bañeza (20-21 de agosto 2016)

La Pola de Gordón

Reserva de la Biosfera del Alto Bernesga

Reserva de la Biosfera del Alto Bernesga

La Pola de Gordón

Reserva de la Biosfera del Alto Bernesga

Reserva de la Biosfera del Alto Bernesga

Lena

Cyclist destination

Destino ciclista

Lena

Cyclist destination

Destino ciclista

Lena

Cyclist destination

Destino ciclista

León

León....te quedan dos deseos

León....te quedan dos deseos

León

León....te quedan dos deseos

León....te quedan dos deseos

Llanera

En el corazón de Asturias

En el corazón de Asturias

Llanera

En el corazón de Asturias

En el corazón de Asturias

Los Santos de Maimona

El Piropo blanco de Extremadura

El Piropo blanco de Extremadura

Los Santos de Maimona

El Piropo blanco de Extremadura

El Piropo blanco de Extremadura

Mérida

Mérida

Mérida

Mérida

Mérida

Mérida

Mieres

Danza Prima

Danza Prima

Mieres

Danza Prima

Danza Prima

Montemolín

Fortaleza almohade

Fortaleza almohade

Montemolín

Fortaleza almohade

Fortaleza almohade

Morcín

Embalse de los Afilorios

Embalse de los Afilorios

Morcín

Embalse de los Afilorios

Embalse de los Afilorios

Plasencia

La ciudad está viva, se siente viva

La ciudad está viva, se siente viva

Plasencia

La ciudad está viva, se siente viva

La ciudad está viva, se siente viva

Ribera de Arriba

Hórreos en Bueño

Hórreos en Bueño

Ribera de Arriba

Hórreos en Bueño

Hórreos en Bueño

Riosa

La Vega

La Vega

Riosa

La Vega

La Vega

Sevilla

We love people

We love people

Sevilla

We love people

We love people

Zafra

Palacio de los Duques de Feria SXV

Palacio de los Duques de Feria SXV

Zafra

Palacio de los Duques de Feria SXV

Palacio de los Duques de Feria SXV

Zamora

Desconocida, perfecta

Desconocida, perfecta

Zamora

Desconocida, perfecta

Desconocida, perfecta

The Villafáfila Lakes and Countryside Birding Route Habitats

Villafafila
Villafafila-de-cerca

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Cropland:

The deforestation carried out in this area since time immemorial has given rise to the open countryside we know today. Throughout history, man has exploited this gently sloping land to cultivate dryland crops, mainly wheat, barley and alfalfa. As a result, a community of birds that require woodless terrain has settled here, namely steppe birds such as the little bustard, the stone curlew, the black-bellied sandgrouse, the calandra lark and the short-toed lark. The great bustard stands out among these on account of its great size and weight, its courtship ritual and because the reserve provides shelter to over 2,500 individuals, constituting the greatest population of this species in Spain. 
People have enhanced the landscape with adobe and mud-wall constructions built in the popular style, outstanding among which are the dovecots, some being round with an inner yard, while others are rectangular in shape. The resulting abundance of doves and pigeonshas favoured the permanent presence of a fair-sized population of peregrines. Another species of falcons that usually breed in weep holes or under Arabic tiles, the endangered lesser kestrel, has also made use of these and other constructions built in the popular style. Projects aimed at restoring and refurbishing dovecots have contributed to this small bird of prey maintaining a breeding population of more than 300 couples, one of the largest in the country.

Lakes:

The lakes and ponds occupy an area of around 600 hectares, the major ones being Laguna Grande, Barillos and Las Salinas. They suffer acute low water seasons, drying up almost completely in the summer, a time at which the saline nature of the wetland becomes apparent due to the white crusts of salt that appear after the water has evaporated. The vegetation in and around the lakes is typical of saline areas. This salt has been exploited since the Bronze Age, until this practice fell into disuse in the 18th century on account of its low profitability. The lakes and ponds of the nature reserve are not currently exploited in any way whatsoever, access to them being restricted for conservation reasons. As a result, more than 25,000 greylag geese usually winter in the wetlands alongside thousands of mallardsgadwallsshovelersteals and garganeys, among other species. In November, it is an obligatory stopover for cranes from Northern Europe on their journey to Extremadura. The aforementioned species are accompanied by waders such as dunlinsstintssandpipersgreen- and redshankssandpipersruffsgolden andringed plovers and lapwings, as well as large numbers of passerines such as meadow pipits and skylarks. If we add to these nesting waterbirds such as the black-winged stilt, the avocet, the water railand the gull-billed tern, among others, the exceptional importance of these lakes and ponds is clearly demonstrated. 

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