Laguna de la Ratosa Natural Reserve
Between Antequera and Estepa is this small protected lake and surrounding area. The reserve covers 168ha. A good time to visit is in winter, when there are many waterfowl.
The reserve lies to the east of the A92 motorway between Antequera and Sevilla. Take the exit for La Roda de Andalucía and then follow the signs for Alameda on the MA705. Just after the small village of Los Pérez you can see the reserve to your right.
The somewhat scarce vegetation is comprised mainly of reeds and rushes.
The reserve is used as a feeding ground by birds from the nearby Laguna de Fuente de Piedra. There are flamingos, grey herons, cattle egrets, white-headed ducks, mallards, red-crested pochard, coots, black-winged stilts, avocets and great crested and black-necked grebes. Mainly in spring and autumn migration periods there are also curlew sandpipers, dunlins, little stints and little ringed, ringed and Kentish plovers.