Ornithological route through the El Val basin (Birdwatching)
This itinerary shows us an area with a high ornithological value, it is protected in Europe as a Special Protection Area for Birds.
It highlights the presence of numerous species of birds, some of them catalogued, such as griffon vulture, Egyptian vulture, eagle owl, eagle owl, rock plane, peregrine falcon, grey heron, purple heron, great egret, great crested grebe, coot, mallard, great cormorant, as well as the unique vegetation associated with these particular environments.
The area is composed of at least four clearly defined environmental units:
Flooded area: this is the Embalse del Val reservoir, despite being an element of anthropic origin it has become an area for the observation of ducks.
Alluvial lands: these are the flat lands located at the bottom of the valley where the rivers Val and Queiles flow; in the past, there were farming lands, today mostly abandoned, and where different species of bushes or trees such as poplars, willows, walnut trees, ash trees, etc., are beginning to colonize.
Mixed pine forests: located on the slopes and plains, these are forest areas of Aleppo pine and a small copse of holm oak, alternating with areas of typically Mediterranean shrubby scrub where we find species such as gorse, rosemary, thyme, everlasting thyme, salvias, roses, lavender, ontinas, jarillas, lastón, female broom, cat’s claw, foxglove, spirea and some specimens of kermes oaks and junipers from natural regeneration in the area.
Conglomerate rock formations: aligned along the left bank of the Val and Queiles rivers, they stand out for their clearly differentiating landscape characteristics. We can find typical species such as the griffon vulture or the rocky plane.