Natural Parks - Laguna de Tíscar Natural Reserve

Laguna de Tíscar Natural Reserve

One of a series of inland wetland sites in southern Cordoba province, the seasonal saline Laguna de Tíscar and its protected environs covers 191ha. There is a bird hide near 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 Zóñar, Laguna de los Jarales, Laguna del Rincón 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.

Take the A309 from Aguilar de la Frontera and then the A379 north of Puente Genil. At Puerto Alegre take a track that heads northwest from the village. About 3km later, the lake is signposted to the right-hand side of the road.

The main vegetation around the lake is tamarisk (tamarisk africana, t. canarensis), the largest stand in the area where a stream feeds into the lake. Also here are cattails (typhus dominguensis) and reeds (phragmites australis). Halophytic rushes such as juncus maritimus and juncus subulatus grow inbetween the tamarisk, while dwarf heliotrope (heliotropium supinum) is at edges of the tamarisk.

Dense reedbeds cluster around the saline springs and reeds line the Arroyo Castilseco that feeds into the lake.

The lake is best visited in winter, when there are a great number of ducks including shovelers, mallards and wigeons.

Villages nearby:
Puente Genil
Puerto Alegre

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