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Cabañeros National Park
Is noted for its rich fauna, that includes a considerable number of endemic species.
The lush pastures, mountain ranges and massifs covered in forests and Mediterranean scrub, make this landscape particularly beautiful. It is also the habitat of very important fauna, mainly consisting of birds (black vulture, Iberian eagle, golden eagle). Cabañeros is also a land of large mammals (45 species). It is easy to spot the red deer, wild boar or roe deer.
Reserva de la Biosfera La Mancha Húmeda (Biosphere Reserve)
This Biosphere Reserve is in the heart of Castilla-La Mancha and is formed by two protected spaces: Tablas de Daimiel and Lagunas de Ruidera. In addition, both parks are listed as Special Bird Protection Areas (ZEPA) and Wetlands of International Importance under the Ramsar Agreement. In Tablas de Daimiel, between the Guadiana and Cigüela rivers, are flooded areas that constitute the perfect habitat for a lot of water birds. Some of its islands are worthy of note (like Pan, Algeciras and Amos), surrounded by lake and water vegetation (reed, rush and bulrush). The only trees in the area are the tamarisks. Horned grebes, ducks, herons and kestrels, to name but a few of the many bird species found at the park, share the space with weasels, otters and numerous amphibians. Lagunas de Ruidera, on the other hand, is located in the Upper Guadiana river valley. The park comprises a group of natural dams distributed in an area of 25 kilometres, with interesting flora and a great number of bird species, especially anatidae. These bodies of water are interconnected through waterfalls and underground fissures, creating a beautiful scenery. In the surrounding area are holm oak and juniper, but as the soil becomes more humid, elm and poplar trees appear. Around the lakes are reed, rush, bulrush and sedge. Different species of anatidae, such as teals and ducks, and of rallidae such as coots, constitute the main bird colonies in the wetlands, whilst the Mediterranean forest is the habitat of rabbits, turtle doves, partridges and foxes. Barbels are the most numerous fish found in this area.
Parque Nacional de las Tablas de
Tablas de Daimiel formed as the result of overflows at the confluence of the rivers Guadiana and Cigüela, a fact favoured by the slight slope of the land. The Wetlands are strategically located on the migratory routes of many species of birds, that use the area to rest, and even spend the winter. The water birds are the absolute protagonists of the Park. They include the great crested grebe, the common grebe, black-necked grebe, herons, egrets, and all kinds of Iberian ducks. In the Wetlands numerous aquatic flowers grow.. Some grow underwater (like the horwart or musk grass), float (such pondweed) and emerging (cladium mariscum, reed and rush).
Parque Natural de las Lagunas de
Ruidera (The lagoons of La Mancha)
A chain of fifteen lagoons form an open space of lakes and rivers that are unique to la Mancha's steppes.
Between the first lagoon, Blanca and that of Cenegal, there is a 120 metres drop, and the remaining lagoons form a chain and are connected via waterfalls, brooks, and underground currents. Las Lagunas de Ruidera are considered to be the source of the river Guadiana. They are supplied by the waters of underground aquifers and the river Pinilla. The main vegetation is made up of reeds, bulrushes, rushes, near the lagoons, and well as junipers and holm oaks. In their waters you can spot barbel, carp, pike, water snakes and tortoises.
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