PIO 17.- Hides on the Sierra Brava Reservoir

Hides on the Sierra Brava Reservoir


The PIO is situated at the edge of a beautiful area of dehesa to the north and open country to the south, with a large water body. To reach here from the EX-355, we pass through the interior of the dehesa. Once at the site we can move along the water’s edge bounded by this attractive habitat. There are various hides that may not always be accessible (sometimes the water level may be too high), but nevertheless we can watch birds from anywhere along the bank.

Additional Information:

The PIO lies on the right bank of the Sierra Brava Reservoir, a little more than 4.5 km from the EX355 (Zorita-Madriageljo road).
From Zorita take the EX-355 until kilometre point 24.2, about 3.5 km from Zorita. At this point we turn left to follow the drovers’ trail of Madrigalejo until the reservoir.
Parking options
An excellent area for parking, including minivans.
Recommended season
All year round.
Interesting species present
At this point there are two avifauna combined. On one hand we have almost everything that the Extremadura dehesa can offer and on the other one of the most attractive reservoirs from the birding point of view in Extremadura. Common Cranes, waterfowl (Greylag Goose, Shoveler, Pintail, Wigeon etc), Black-necked Grebe, Great Crested Grebe, Gull-billed Tern, Red and Black Kites, Black Stork, Bee-eater etc are but some of the many attractions of the area.
Options for short walks in the vicinity
From the PIO and following the bank in a northerly direction we have the option of reaching two of the three hides set up here (the route is about 1.6 km). The third hide is right in front of the site, but is only accessible when the water level is low (see track).
The other option is to leave the vehicles at the exit on the EX-355 and follow the hiking trail PR-CC 234 “Embalse de Sierra Brava”.

Location on the map:

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