Field Meeting – Odiel Marshes – 15th June 2024

Date(s) - 15/06/2024
9:00 am - 5:30 pm

Visitor’s Centre Anastasio Senra


Odiel Marshes

Odiel Marshes Biosphere Reserve


Meeting Point
Car park of the Visitor’s Centre Anastasio Senra (Grid Ref. 37.252557,-6.968267)

09:00 AM

Leader for the day
Manu Mojarro

Directions to the meeting point

The entrance to the Odiel Marshes Nature Reserve can be done from both ways of the motorway A497 Huelva-Punta Umbria.  If you are travelling from Huelva through the main bridge, take the first way out beyond the river, turn around using the roundabout and drive across over the motorway. You will find another roundabout to enter the reserve (1st way out). There is an alternative through the old bridge over the river Odiel which could be easier if you come from Doñana. Drive along the port of Huelva from South to North and take the bridge, you will reach the same roundabout (3rd way out to enter the reserve in this case). The grid ref. for the entrance is 37°16’13.11″N / 6°59’11.94″W.  That is clearer signposted from the motorway than from the old bridge. If you come on the way Punta Umbria-Huelva, just take the way out before the bridge over the river Odiel to hit the entrance roundabout. Finally, if you come from the Western coast by the A49/N431, drive through Corrales to get at the mentioned roundabout.

Please notice that the area is signposted as “Dique Juan Carlos I” as well as “P.N. Marismas del Odiel”.

 Information about the meeting

The Odiel Marshes Nature Reserve is the second largest wetland in Huelva province after Doñana and the most important tidal wetland in Spain. This area was created by the silt of the rivers Odiel and Tinto in which estuary we can find a paradise for the birdlife. In addition, there is a wide history of civilizations that inhabited this “Kingdom of the Tide”.

Due to the importance of this area for birds and wildlife it deserved the declaration as Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO in 1983. Later the area has got new protection status like Ramsar Site and Special Protection Area for birds by the European Union. The marshes, lakes, mudflats, and tidal channels are the best places where birds can be seen here.

We meet at the Visitor’s Centre to introduce the tour and walk by the surroundings to know the history and wildlife of the site. Then we have a comfort stop at the Centre and visit the interesting exhibition. After, we get in the vehicles to do a tour towards the South of the reserve. On the way, we can see the different habitats and how Man has changed the environment through millenniums. Natural and historical values of the area will be remarked as well as the local and global threats to this sensitive nature reserve.

After lunch at the picnic area of the Visitor’s Centre we visit the industrial saltpans, the restricted area of the reserve to get the closest views of birds.

The access into the restricted area depends on previous authorisation by the manager of the reserve and the use of a single vehicle, for which we should hire a small coach.

 Accommodation in the area

Apartamentos Costa de la Luz Website:
Facebook link:
Tlf: (34)959314056   (34)615206150

Camping Playa La Bota Website:
Facebook link:
Tlf: (34)959314537

Hotel Islantilla Golf Resort Website:
Facebook link:
Tlf: (34) 959 204 500

Clothing and food
take with you field clothing according to the weather, sun protection if necessary (sunscreen, hat or cap) and some water. Please arrange your own packed lunch, although there are cafes and supermarkets in the nearest towns, Huelva and Corrales.

Possible birds

Residents: Marsh Harrier, Spoonbill, Little Egret, Flamingo, Yellow-legged Gull, Hoopoe, Spanish Sparrow, Kentish Plover, Black-winged Stilt; Winter Birds: Great White Egret, Curlew Sandpiper, Dunlin, Gannet, Scoter, Great Cormorant, Pintail, Shoveler, Wigeon, Great White Egret, Osprey, Grey Plover, Bar-tailed Godwit, Black-tailed Godwit, Sanderling, Greenshank, Whimbrel, Audouin´s Gull, Sandwich Tern; Summer Birds: Osprey, Montagu´s Harrier, Purple Heron, Squacco Heron, Bee-eater, Little Bittern, Crested Coot, Little Tern, Black Tern, Collared Pratincole, Red-rumped Swallow, Reed Warbler; Migrants: Knot, Spotted Redshank, Common Tern, Artic Tern.

Other sites in the area for those staying over night

Doñana National Park
Lagunas de Palos de la Frontera
Marshes of the river Tinto
El Portil Lake
Marshes of the river Piedras
Isla Cristina Marshes

1. We will ask a member to write a trip report for our experiences of the day.

2. Members can invite guests, but they must join the Society on the day for insurance purposes.

3. We will ask members in attendance to drop a voluntary micro-contribution in a collection box to help support a nominated ABS conservation project.

If you would like to help us in funding the many conservation projects we support please donate via this link here.





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