PIO 20.- Fernando V (Rice fields of Palazuelo and Guadalperales SPA)

Fernando V (Rice fields of Palazuelo and Guadalperales SPA)


At this PIO we are at the edge of a predominately pseudo steppe area (Zorita Plains and Sierra Brava Reservoir) and intensive irrigated farming, mainly for rice (Rice fields of Palazuelo and Guadalperales SPA). The canal marks the border between these two areas. This PIO is interesting because of the possibility to explore these rice fields in the south of the district Miajadas-Trujillo, where the birds will move around according to factors such as agricultural activity: harvest, ploughing etc.

Additional Information:

The PIO is located in the village of Fernando V.
From Zorita we take the EX-355 in the direction of Madrigalejo and after a little less than 15 km, just after crossing the Sierra Brava canal we take the signposted exit that takes us to Fernando V after three kilometres..
Parking options
It has good parking for any type of vehicle. If one arrives in a minivan, take care passing below the aqueduct at the entrance of the village (there is a small track which enables one to by-pass the lowest section).
Recommended season
Mainly autumn and winter.
Interesting species present
We are highlighting the birds that use these irrigated fields during the winter. Common Cranes and waders (Black-tailed Godwit, Dunlin, Little Stint, Kentish Plover, Common Redshank, Black-winged Stilts etc) are the main attractions of the area. We can also add interesting small birds such as Reed Bunting or Bluethroat in winter and exotics such as Common Waxbill and Red Avadavat all year round. Other species include Collared Pratincole, Lesser Kestrel, Azure-winged Magpie and Marsh Harrier.
Options for short walks in the vicinity
We recommend taking a walk (a circular route of about 6.5 km) that starts and finished in the village, and which shows this habitat very well. (see track).

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