In the area of La Quiñonera, next to the bird observatory and the dump, there is a wetland that occupies an area of approximately 2,200 m2, ideal for bird watching (birding).
The creation of this dump was carried out by carrying out an excavation next to the Bañuelos river, with an attached hole that serves as a spillway, on old agricultural lands. It is a pond fed by the contributions of water from a nearby source known as the “El Sapo” source, which, in turn, has been recovered in order to facilitate the presence of amphibians. The material from the previous clearings has spread along the outer slopes of the pond, seeking a vegetative regeneration of the embankments. The spillways and water inlets have been reinforced by placing breakwater stone channels in to prevent erosion at the water inlets and outlets in the ponds. The result achieved is the creation of a new habitat that has increased the richness and diversity of plant and animal species (birds and herpes) in the area, also serving as an educational resource linked to the bird observatory in the loft and the dump.
Since 2018 the City Council has the collaboration of a professional nature guide who organizes guided tours for individuals and groups. Furthermore, as a result of the collaboration with the Fundación Patrimonio Natural, interpretive panels are provided to the loft-house.
Next to the wetland is the observation booth, as well as a dunghill (morgue area for scavengers), which gives the Caleruega area a fantastic area to watch and learn about birds. They are on the long route of the so-called Las Loberas trail.
This project obtained in 2018 the "Clear Sources" award for sustainability in small municipalities in Castilla y León.
TIPS FOR THE VISITOR
- Remember that you are in a natural environment, conserving it is everyone's business.
- Make sure bathing or other sports are allowed.
- Respect the regulations in force at all times.