The wetland that is the Lakes of La Mata and Torrevieja is celebrating its 20th anniversary at the moment, after being declared a Protected Natural Park in 1996. It covers 3,700 hectares, of which 2,100 are covered with the water of two natural lagoons, one of them pink, making it a unique environment and one of great importance for birds, both when they are nesting and migrating.
The Valencian Government has put on a series of activities for the general public to find out about the beautiful flora and fauna living in this local and so special ecosystem.
There is a photographic exhibition on until December 11th with the title Birds in Action, which aims to show the different habits of some of the birds. It is located in the park Interpretation Centre and consists of 20 photos by Justo Ferrer.
Also, during November and December, there are more activities to show the park’s natural qualities and why it needs to be protected. On November 6th ‘The Secret life of birds’ will use videos made by park workers to show these animals’ daily lives. On the 10th some Spanish Toothcarp, a species in danger of extinction, will be reintroduced to the waters of the park.
From November 11th to December 11th an exhibition called ‘Natural Architecture’ will recreate different birds’ nests in settings similar to how they can be found in their natural environment.
There are also talks and conferences about the Natural Park, tours like ‘La Botánica’ about the habitats and their extreme characteristics, or the ‘Wine Route’ through the park’s vineyards, revealing their unique history and biodiversity.
The Carbonero (Great tit) Project will consist of putting back restored nesting boxes to help this species reproduce, and the Alimentaves Project will monitor a new bird feeder that will be installed near the Interpretation Centre.
Finally on December 10th the 20th Anniversary Commemoration Day will have a fair with associations and collaborators showing the important activities they have done over the years in this protected area.