Fuente de Piedra

Fuente de Piedra

Laguna de Fuenta de piedra natural reserve is the largest natural lake in the iberian peninsula offering a natural habitat to a whole host of birds, wildlife and waterlife. The actual lake is 6.5km long and the when the water level is at the highest it can cover an average of 15km surface area. This lake is very well known for the large flamingo population, second largest colony in europe. Drawn to this inland region as the lake has a high salt conetent and shallow for wading and feeding.

The birds are protected and the region is monitored with an eco system in place. To maintain the population of the flamingos artificial islands have been created over the years in the lake which assits the flamingos natural breeding and reproduction process. A visitors centre has also been built with information and routes around the lakes for viewing areas mostly populated with the flamingos. Altogether over 170 different species of birds have been recorded in the area including bee-eaters, crested larks, yellow wagtails, stone curlews, great grey shrikes and hoopoes.