Zorita Plains and Sierra Brava Reservoir
This SPA hosts both an area of pseudo steppe open country as well as a wetland zone. The open country is predominately pasture. Lying between that habitat and the reservoir there are also areas of oak scrub. The Sierra Brava Reservoir covers when full an area of 1,650 ha, with flow entering from the Pizarroso stream. Its abundant bays and shallow areas host a large number of birds, especially during winter, despite the fact that its banks are largely devoid of vegetation. The reservoir has a number of small islands which are of importance for birds. This SPA lies within the boundaries of Campo Lugar, Alcollarín and Zorita.
Nearby route: Cranes.
Recommended short walks: PIO 5: To the heart of the Zorita plains, PIO 15: Route on the banks of Sierra Brava, PIO 16: Part of the trail PR-CC 237 ‘Plains, Bulls and Cranes’, PIO 17: Bank, hides and PIO 17: PR-CC 234 ‘Sierra Brava Reservoir’.
Interesting species of this SPA: Great Bustard, Little Bustard, Montagu’s Harrier, Lesser Kestrel, Red Kite Black Kite, Great Spotted Cuckoo, Stone Curlew, Black-bellied Sandgrouse, Red-necked Nightjar, Common Crane, waders, Gull-billed Tern, Black-necked Grebe, Azure-winged Magpie, Bee-eater, ducks (one of the largest winter concentrations of waterfowl in the Iberian peninsula), Spanish Sparrow, Woodchat Shrike, Calandra lark, Crested and Thekla Larks…
Map of Zorita Plains and Sierra Brava Reservoir: