One more wetland for the environmental heritage of Alicante. After its inauguration, the park, Marjal de la Playa de San Juan became a paradise for hundreds of species of birds which nest or spend part of the winter on their migratory routes between Europe and Africa. To coincide with the World Wetlands Day, the "La Marjal de Alicante" flooding park. The event was attended by the director of Sustainable Development and Equity in Waters of Alicante, Amelia Navarro, also attended by the councilman of Environment, Manuel Villar and the head of environmental service in the city of Alicante, Juan Luis Beresaluze, as well as the ornithologists in charge of the project, Elia Gomis and Jana Marco, who presented final details of the work. Through the event, the following were taken to
Also, a release of birds from the center of Recovery of Fauna of Santa Faz, dependent on the Ministry of rural development, climate development, agriculture and ecological transition.
One more advantage of the flooding park. The technicians in charge of its maintenance, built in San Juan Beach, have found in the last two years that this wetland, at the beach, has become the natural refuge or passage for hundreds of species of birds.
Among the most numerous species that can be seen in La Marjal, is the black redstart or the blackcap. As for those that we can only see in summer, a specimen of the Eurasian wryneck has been ringed in the middle of winter. The park has proved to be a very important point for wintering and migration, especially for passerine birds. Flocks of more than 3,000 Barn Swallows have been observed feeding in the park's pond before starting the postnuptial migration, heading for Central and Southern Africa, in a journey of more than 15,000 km between departure and return.
This ringing initiative, promoted by Alicante City Council and Aguas de Alicante, has been running since October 2018, together with some twenty sessions and more than 90 hours of work. As a result, it has been possible to learn more about the ornithological richness of this urban enclave, increase data and information on the migration strategy of birds in coastal areas. In addition, this technique also serves as an element of environmental education, with the implementation of open-door activities on days with special environmental impact, World Environment Day, World Water Day, or the open-door day with a guided tour on the occasion of World Wetlands Day.
The La Marjal Floodplain Park, located very close to the coastline, in Playa de San Juan (Alicante), was built between April 2013 and March 2015, with the aim of storing the torrential rainwater which has historically caused great flooding in the area.
Source: diarionformacion .com