CO-5. Cliffs of Sierra del Castillo

  • None
  • Binoculars. A telescope and camera would come in handy
  • Rocks and crags
  • Almond orchards
  • Mediterranean scrub
  • Artifi cial wetland (reservoir)
  • Winter and spring (December to May)
  • Any, though visibility is especially good at dusk
Soaring limestone cliffs and a singular terraced almond orchard give the Sierra del Castillo its own idiosyncratic feel within Sierra Morena. Bonelli’s Eagle, Black Kite, Crag Martin and Chough are the star turns here on the shores of Puente Nuevo reservoir. Other likely sightings are White Stork, Griffon Vulture and, with a dash of luck, the odd Peregrine Falcon or Alpine Accentor. Under Turpentine Trees, Mastic Trees and White-Leaved Rockrose lurk many different reptile species while the orchids on show here include standouts like Giant Orchid. More information in the book Birding and Nature Trails in Sierra Morena Cordobesa.

Text and images: Rafael Romero Porrino

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