Description of the activity:
The route consists of a visit to the Regional Park of the Saltlakes and Beaches of San Pedro del Pinatar, where we by foot will walk on trails around the wetlands and stop at different observatories, where we'll enjoy the great diversity of birds that inhabit these saltlakes.
The direct influence of on one side the Mediterranean Sea and on the other the Mar Menor (The main Mediterranean coastal lagoon), make this area a strategic point for birds on their migratory stops and playback point.
The Salinas de San Pedro del Pinatar became a Regional Park in 1992. It is wetlands that connect the smaller Sea to the Mediterranean where you can find salt mines that attract a great diversity of species. Since 1994 this area is included in the List of Wetlands of International Importance (RAMSAR according to agreement), next to the Mar Menor. In 1998 it is considered Special Protection Area (SPA), and ncluded in the Natura 2000 network of the European Union.
It is a privileged place for watching waterfowl, seabirds and waders.
A sample of the species that you'll be able to see
- Kentish plover (Charadrius alexandrinus)
- Common Flamingos (Phoenicopterus ruber)
- Slender-billed Gull (Chroicocephalus genei)
- Audouin's Gull (Ichthyaetus audouinii)
- Stilt (Himantopus himantopus)
- Back-necked grebes (Podiceps nigricollis)
- Caspian tern (Gelochelidon nilotica)
Other curiosities of the area
You'll be able to observe the Iberian endemism, the Fartet (Aphanius Iberus) a fish in danger of extinction
The Regional Park includes beaches with a dune systems in good condition, which serve as substrate for plants like sea rocket (Cakile maritima), sea thistle (Eryngium maritimum) or sea lily (Pancratium maritimum) and plants unique in the endemic world such as Helianthemum marminorense and Asparagus macrorrhizum.
The dune Sabina (Juniperus turbinata) is the last remnant of the original forests of our beaches