Natural Parks - Laguna de Rincón Natural Reserve

Laguna del Rincón Natural Reserve

One of a series of inland saline lakes dotted around southern Cordoba province, the 3.2ha Laguna del Rincón and its protected environs covers a total of 138ha and attracts numerous wildfowl in winter. It is also an important breeding site for birds. Like Laguna de Zóñar and Laguna Amarga, it is permanent. There is a bird hide at the lake.

It is one of six wetland sites in southern Cordoba, all of them natural reserves. The others are: Laguna del Conde, Laguna de Tíscar, Laguna de los Jarales, Laguna de Zóñar and Laguna Amarga.

The Centro de Visitantes Zóñar is on the A309 Puente Genil-Aguilar de la Frontera road, at Km 77.6, 957 335 252. It has information on all of the lakes.

From Aguilar de la Frontera take the CO760 road to Moriles. The track leading to the lake is at Km 5 on this road.

Growing on the lake fringes are predominantly reedbeds, like phragmites australis, with occasional bulrushes (scirpus tabernaemontani) and tamarisks (tamarisk gallica, t.canarensis). On the northern shore are hard rushes (juncus inflexus), roundhead bulrushes (scirpus holoschoenus), and bermuda grass (cynodon dactylon). The lake is surrounded by olive groves and vineyards.

Like the other wetland sites in southern Cordoba, the lake has many white-headed ducks, red-crested pochards, purple gallinules, grebes, coots, moorhens, reed warblers and occasionally flamingos.

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