VII DOÑANA BIRDFAIR 2020
Doñana BirdFair 2020 is a tribute festival to birds and birdwatchers. During three days a series of activities are carried out throughout the world of wild birds, their conservation, study and observation. In this seventh edition, you can enjoy routes to the National Park and the Reserve, through rice paddies and pine forests. Talks, conferences, photography and painting courses, ornithologists meetings from many parts of Spain and Europe. Workshops, conferences and meetings. Specific activities for children. Painting and photography exhibitions. The fair is made up of more than forty stands, where you can buy products (Optics, books, clothes, accessories) related to birdwatching and, fundamentally, special travel offers throughout Andalusia, Spain, Europe and elsewhere from the world to see birds in the wild.
LA DEHESA DE ABAJO
The site chosen for the celebration of the Doñana International Birdfair is the Dehesa de Abajo Nature Reserve. Located within the municipality of La Puebla del Río, less than 30 minutes away from Seville, its visitors centre and installations provide everything necessary to guarantee a successful event. It is an extremely interesting area with amazing natural values associated to three very different ecosystems: the flooded marshland, the wild olive tree forest and the pine forest.
With its 700 hectares, Dehesa de Abajo is the home of Europe’s largest colony of white storks, which build their nests in the wild olive trees partly covering the area. Some of the most representative bird species in Doñana can be found in the lagoon, called Cañada de la Rianzuela:flamingos, marbled teals, purple gallinules, white-headed ducks, coots and a large number of waterfowl, limicolae and ardeids.
The flooded areas are best to watch whiskered terns, spoonbills, red-crested pochards, mallards, little grebes, black-tailed godwits, etc. Horses and cows graze in the pastures, and raptors like black kites, red kites, booted eagles, ospreys and buzzards are spotted flying over the pines.
Mammals like the fox, the badger and the genet also live in Dehesa de Abajo. They are harder to see, but they find here the rabbits, wild fruits and invertebrates that are the basis of their diet. Currently, the Aznalcázar Pine Forest and Dehesa de Abajo are the new areas of expansion for the Iberian lynx, whose number is increasing every year.
LA PUEBLA DEL RIO
The Dehesa de Abajo Nature Reserve lies within the bounds of La Puebla del Río, in the province of Seville, about 20 km to the southwest of the capital city. La Puebla del Río belongs to the area known as Las Marismas and serves as a link between the Doñana Natural Area and the city of Seville. Its economy is mostly based on rice agriculture.
In addition to Dehesa de Abajo, there are other interesting natural sites in this municipality: Veta la Palma, Brazo de la Torre and Isleta de los Olivillos. They are all located within the Brazo del Este Natural Landscape, which is crossed by one of the old branches of the Guadalquivir River shaping the marshes. The Cañada de los Pájaros Nature Reserve is also worth-visiting and deserves special attention.
Cradle of great copla and sevillana singers, the territory of La Puebla del Río is covered with large dehesas, where the breeding of horses, cows and wild bulls represents a major activity. The town has some architectural attractions, like the Nuestra Señora de la Granada Church, built in mudéjar style, and the San Sebastián Chapel, dating from the 17th century. La Puebla’s most popular festivals are the Holy Week, Corpus Christi and the local Fair.