THE FAUNA OF THE LAGOONS OF RUIDERA
Las Lagunas de Ruidera is one of the most significant lagoon complexes in Europe, the Ruidera Lagoons Natural Park, between the provinces of Ciudad Real and Albacete, are formed by the waters of the so-called Guadiana Viejo, the Pinilla river valley.
geological formations, tobáceas, from this area form numerous basins along the valley,that are flooded with the waters of the river and flow, naturally from each other, forming reservoirs and lagoons connected to each other.
This interesting ecosystem, as you can imagine, is very rich in fauna and flora..
It is the most remarkable group. Keep in mind that in the area of the lagoons... there are almost 200 different species! Unfortunately, the 3% of these groups are globally threatened. In these areas there are mainly waterfowl and those that live in rushes.
Somormujo lavanco, common grebe. red duck, common pochard, Ánade real, tufted pochard, Coots, Moorhen. Carriceros tordales, mustaches, Kingfisher, Garza Imperial, Avetorillo.
Nor is the presence of birds of prey and forest birds lacking..
Marsh Harrier, hen harrier. Bonelli's Eagle, short-toed eagle. Hawk. Azor. Little Owl. Autilo. Royal Owl. Mito. Curruca currant. Oropéndola. Piquituertos. Rabilargo. Jay. Collalba negra. lonely rocker. If they are. Avutarda. stone curlew.
The mammals that we can find in this protected area, are found in the thickets, and areas of scrubland and holm oak. Usual species of these environments is the Wildcat (Wild Cats), the Fox (Foxes), and the boar (sow. Other common species are the Common Shrew (Crocidura russula), and the hedgehog (Hedgehog europaens) together with the rabbit (Oryctolagus cuniculus), the hare, very abundant in some areas.
In the backwaters of the Guadiana it is possible to surprise the Otter (Luther Luther). Given the existence of many cavities and caves, up to nine species of bats can be observed, like the southern long-eared bat (plecotus austriacus), the cave bat (Miniopterus schreibersi), and the Greater Horseshoe Bat (Rhinolophus iron-horse) that form important colonies inside the caves such as the well-known "Cueva de Montesinos", a refuge for these cave species.
AMPHIBIANS AND REPTILES
In Ruidera we can find amphibians such as the Marbled Triton (Crushed marble), the common toad (Bufo bufo), the running toad (Bufo magnet) as well as the southern frog, (Hyla meridionales), and the common frog (Rana perezi). Among the bush formations and paths it is easy to observe the Red-tailed Lizard, and the Ocellated Lizard (Nice lizards), Its distribution is very wide. ,as well as the Iberian skink (Chalcides bedrigai), the southern smooth snake (Colonel Girondica), ladder snake (Elaphe scalaris) and the bastard snake (Malpolon monspessulanus).
Among the vegetation of the lagoons and their shores we will find the leprous Galapago, (Mauremys leprosa) or the viperine snake (Natrix maura).
The Ruidera lagoons are home to an interesting community of freshwater fish, in the so-called Alto Guadiana, with native species such as the Barbo comiza (beards comiza), and the Short-headed Barbel (Barbas microcephalus), as well as the Cachuelo (Pyrenean Leuciscus.
In the lower lagoons, such as the Laguna del Rey and the Peñarroya Reservoir, are usually found more common species such as Carp (Cyprinus carpio), with large specimens, in this part of the natural park, as in other aquatic ecosystems, successive introductions of exotic or non-native species have been made, large predatory fish, like the pike (Bones lucio), el Black-bass (Micropterus salmoides), for sport fishing.
Other species, on the other hand, such as the small Gambusia (Gambusia holbrooki) was introduced to control the malaria mosquito population in the 1960s. Likewise the American red crab (Procamborus clarkii), was introduced for fishing, with significant damage to other species and to the ecosystem itself.
Now you know something more about this fantastic natural area of La Mancha, that it is a pleasure to meet and enjoy.
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