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Llanos de Cáceres - Observatorio La Pulgosa

Extremadura  >  Spain

Large steppe area between Cáceres and Trujillo. Fantastic dirt road where almost all steppe birds can be observed.

Added* by Thierry Martin
Most recent update 2 December 2022

Description

Los llanos de Cáceres, or the steppes of Cáceres, is a large steppe area and one op the best places for steppe birds in Extremadura. A rural road runs across the steppes from which a large part of the steppes can be overlooked. These steppes consist entirely of grassland. There is no agriculture. In the past, this area was also a dehesa with old trees that were felled for the construction of the cities and for the Spanish Armada. At this point (see the map below) you find the bird hide of La Pulgosa, but actually you can stop at many points along this dirt road and find birds like Great Bustard, Little Bustard, Pin-tailed Sandgrouse, Black-bellied Sandgrouse, Calandra Lark, Red-legged Partridge, Great Spotted Cuckoo, Hoopoe, European Roller, Little Owl and Stone-curlew. But also a very good area for raptors like Black Vulture, Griffon Vulture, Short-toed Snake Eagle, Booted Eagle, Spanish Eagle, Golden Eagle, Marsh Harrier, Montagu's Harrier, Red Kite and Black Kite.

Details

Access

The area is located southwest of the village of Santa Marta de Magasca. From the village take the cc-99 road heading southwest and after about 12 km you will find the turn-off tot the dirt road on your right side. The dirt road can be driven with a normal car. Parking can be done easy all along the dirt road.

Terrain and Habitat

Steppe

Conditions

Open landscape , Hilly

Circular trail

No

Is a telescope useful?

Difficulty walking trail

Birdwatching hide / platform

No

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