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Azud de Badajoz Special Protection Area (SPA) for Birds

The incomparable conditions around the weir known as El Azud de Badajoz have turned it into a home for endemic wildlife and many colonies of Spanish birds, whereby it has been declared a Special Protection Area for Birds.

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Badajoz , Badajoz (Extremadura)

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  • The incomparable conditions around the weir known as El Azud de Badajoz have turned it into a home for endemic wildlife and many colonies of Spanish birds, whereby it has been declared a Special Protection Area for Birds.

    The weir that makes up El Azud de Badajoz slows the Guadiana river almost to a standstill, creating a unique ecosystem that is an ideal habitat for many endemic Spanish birds. This has led to the area being designated a Special Protection Area for Birds (SPA) and is included in the network known as Red Natura 2000.

    So, if you are a bird lover, be sure to visit the permanent bird-watching site where you can see all the different species that live here. These include cattle egrets, lesser black-backed gulls, black-headed gulls, white storks and cormorants.

    El Azud de Badajoz has other surprises in store, as it is one of the few places where the endangered, endemic Spanish flower known as "jopillo" (Lythrum flexuosum) still grows. It is also home to various species of fish, such as the allis shad (alosa alosa), now extinct in many countries.

    The still waters of El Azud de Badajoz are also ideal for water sports, such as kayaking or fishing, but always respecting Mother Nature and the area's rich biodiversity.

     

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