Ghadira Nature Reserve

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Ghadira Nature Reserve
Habitat: Saline marshland with a mosaic of pools, ditches and small islands, created by heavy machinery engineering works. Some small groves of tamarisk and a typical Mediterranean halophilic scrub with an adjacent small low sand dune area overgrown with trees, mainly pine. The reserve has a small Visitors' Centre overlooking the reserve and a bird-watching hide.
Birds & wildlife: Breeding birds include Moorhen, Little Ringed Plover, Cetti's Warbler, Fan-tailed Warbler, Sardinian Warbler, Spanish Sparrow and Corn Bunting. Over 200 species have been recorded. Grebes, ducks, rails, moorhen, coot and kingfisher spend the winter at the reserve, while herons, egrets, waders and many passerines visit regularly in spring and autumn. Other wildlife includes weasel, wild rabbit, vagrant hedgehog, pygmy white-toothed shrew, and several bat species. Reptiles include western whip snake, leopard snake, ocellated skink, Mediterranean chameleon, and Moorish and Turkish geckoes. Killifish is quite common. Typical species of flora are common reed, golden samphire, sea-purslane, sharp rush, hollow-leaved rush, twiggy glasswort, smooth-leaved saltwort, common seablite and the rare arrow grass. Sea daffodil also grows on the sandy ground.
Visiting & access: Open for schools Monday to Friday and for the general public during the weekend (October to May). Can also be visited by appointment during the week, particularly for groups.

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