PIO 19.- Alcollarín Reservoir

Alcollarín Reservoir

This PIO is situated in an area of dehesa where the creation of the reservoir has not diminished the ornithological interest, instead it has increased it. Although the PIO lies at the shallow end of the reservoir, the whole length of the reservoir from dam to this point will be rewarding for birdwatching. There is indeed a car park for a viewpoint on high ground, surrounded by wild pear (Pyrus bourgaeana) which offers a view across the whole water body. It is well worth stopping here first. And at the PIO we can see a pool held back by a small weir, surrounded by dehesa.

Additional Information:

Location
The PIO is situated at the weir of the shallow end of the reservoir beside the Gargantilla stream (which is a tributary of the River Alcollarín).
Access
From Alcollarín, pass the Pizarro-Carvajal Palace until reaching the dam and then continue along the left back. From here the new road that runs beside this part of the reservoir will take us to the PIO (about three kilometres from the Pizarro-Carvajal Palace).
Parking options
Excellent parking, including for minivans.
Época recomendada
All year round.
Interesting species present
As well as what can be seen in the surrounding dehesa ecosystem (Booted Eagle, Red and Black Kite, Common Cuckoo, Woodchat Shrike, Hoopoe, Great Spotted Woodpecker etc) this site is also good for what the reservoir hosts. In the few months since it has been filling with water (since 2014) many species have been seen here including Black-necked Grebe, Egyptian Goose, Common Shelduck, Shoveler, Common Pochard, Pintail, Purple Heron, Spoonbill, Black-winged Stilt, Avocet, Whiskered Tern and even overwintering Black Stork.
Options for short walks in the vicinity
We recommend a walk along the track that goes around the pool behind the weir, as well as visiting the other bank of the reservoir. To reach the other bank, there is a track which leaves the main road once one has crossed the River Alcollarín (heading for Miajadas).

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