Located just over thirty kilometers from the capital Seville, close to Puebla del Rio and between rice fields and marshes, we find the Dehesa de Abajo nature reserve, a space that could be included as a prologue to the neighboring Doñana National Park .
This space about thirty years ago was a space condemned for its aridity and which was intended to become a cereal growing area, whether it be rice or corn. However, the project was modified thanks to Beltrán de Ceballos, a man from Madrid whose passion for nature led him to design a lagoon project created through the diversion of nearby streams and in a few years created a space that in some cases is called the Doñana’s little sister.
The reserve is arranged with the Andalusian government and constitutes an excellent wetland for the conservation of birdlife but also for carrying out activities related to nature such as bird watching, cycling and horse riding.
The lagoon is a paradise for species such as ducks (ducks, geese, spoon ducks, ), wading birds (storks, stilts, spoonbills, flamingos, common gulls), sea birds (gulls), raptors (black and royal kite) and there are several routes with observation spaces that with a little patience we can enjoy the birdlife.
However, the space is not exclusively constituted by the lagoon, but also by other ecosystems that have been gaining importance and almost naturally. In addition to the lagoon, the olive grove is of great importance, that forest formed by the ancestor of the olive tree where we can see cattle egrets feeding on the insects they raise in abundant cattle that roam in semi-freedom, without forgetting the squawks of the jackdaws that also flutter to delight us with its noisy festivals in search of food.
At the other end of the lagoon, we can see the pine forest with high altitude specimens and also a refuge for birds of prey and reptiles such as the bastard snake and the ocean lizard, but not far from the pine forest we find another replica of the famous aviaries, holm oaks and eucalyptus trees. which are constituted as nests of white storks, being the largest colony of this species in this area and whose loud clattering with their beaks we can hear during the nuptial time.
Upon arrival of the reserve there is a restaurant, recreation area, an audiovisual room and a small shop for nature lovers with the addition that it is perfectly harmonized with it. It is curious that its trees are full of stork nests in even inside the enclosure we can see small swallows nests that flutter inside.This place is space for the celebration of the Doñana birdwatching which is the null birdwatching tourism fair.
But if you have not yet shown all the interest, we inform you that this space is the place and habitat of four Iberian lynxes, which have passed from Doñana to this natural space and with some luck it would be possible to see them.
The space where a group of semi-wild horses of the Doñana breed also coexist, as in the case of cows, during the rainy season it floods giving rise to an almost flooded marsh that enables the explosion of life in spring.
The closest accommodations are in the capital Seville , or rural accommodations in Coria del Rio or Puebla del Rio . If you want to enjoy a space modified by humans for nature not too far from urbanized areas, we invite you to come to Dehesa de Abajo and enjoy its richness and biodiversity