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« on: June 18, 2013, 06:11:09 pm »

Event: Members Field Meeting to Guadalhorce, Malaga

Date:  The date for this meeting is now August the 24th

Meeting Point:  Guadalhorce Reserve, Malaga in the Guadalmar area due east of the airport

Time: 9.45 for a 10 o’clock start (Gives a little time to look at beach for those who arrive early)

Leader of the day:   Bob Wright

Directions to the Meeting Point:
Travel by motorway to Malaga but do NOT take the exit to the airport. Rather, between the airport link you will find an exit to San Julian/Guadalmar where the newly-built airport access roads have been completed (but not yet open in July) with, immediately below, the Leroy Merlin and Decathlon stores.  Leave the motorway in the direction of the sea where the only road leads to a small roundabout within 100 meters.  Make a left turn and you will see a small church on your left just before the road becomes one-way.  This is the safest place to park following a recent spate of car break-ins.  Simply continue walking along the road away from the church and within 400 metres at the end of the trees you will find the track that leads up to the river and then left towards the footbridge.  This entrance is immediately behind the playing field of the local primary school.

If you arrive early, then it is possible to drive and park nearer the beach.  Leave the motorway as above but cross over the small roundabout and continue along the same road, over three crossings until you reach a “No Entry” sign.  At this point turn left to the end and then right where you will find kerbside parking.  There are a number of paths leading up the embankment to the path from which you can check-out the river below.  When ready, simply walk upstream along this track and you will find the meeting point after about 300 metres.

Information about the Meeting: 

A pleasant walk around the Reserve created when the old river was replaced by two canal arms to the east and west so leaving a series of pools from the old meandering river and natural vegetation between.  The site includes four hides and a stone “Sea Watch” overlooking the beach and sea.

After the second hide, we walk to the beach to overlook the sea.  The second part of the tour towards the main hide on the laguna Grande can be taken by either walking the beach or retracing steps past the first two hides.  If the latter, we would call in at the small laguna whereas the beach walkers would visit this water on their way out of the reserve.

The visit should last a good four hours when members can either make heir way home or stay for a snack/meal at one of the local bars/restaurants.  Indeed, some may even wish to call in at the local Parador in the hope that the resident Superb Starling is still about.

Accommodation:
 Lots of hotels and hostals nearby but no affiliated members within the immediate area.

Clothing and Food:
There is a solid track all round the site so many will be comfortable in shoes or trainers. 
Possible birds:
Walking in a clockwise direction from the footbridge entrance to the reserve we should get good views of river and ponds, hopefully producing a good range of ducks and waders including, especially, White-headed Ducks and small plovers amongst many others.  The area is likely to produce in excess of fifty species and raptors should include Marsh Harrier, Booted Eagle, a possible Peregrine and early Osprey not to mention Common Kestrels.  Cormorants and Grey Herons will be returning plus there ought to be both Cattle and Little Egrets and maybe a Little Bittern and either/both Night and Squacco Heron.  This is a site than can potentially turn up anything so do not be surprised if somebody records Roller, Wryneck, Common Redstart along with Bee-eaters and a range of warblers and finches.




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« Reply #1 on: August 22, 2013, 11:28:34 am »

Hello Bob,

Unfortunately Peter and I aren't able to be there this Saturday as our car is in the garage... Our esteemed friend who can usually give us a lift has a prior engagement.
Sorry about that.

Hope it all goes well. A bit of a fresh sea breeze would have been very welcome as it is far too hot inland at the moment.

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« Reply #2 on: August 23, 2013, 08:10:18 pm »

Dear Bob.

As new members of the ABS my wife Jean and I will be joining you for the Guadalhorce reserve field trip on Saterday morning. We look foreward to meeting members there.

Regards.  Roger Smith.
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« Reply #3 on: August 24, 2013, 06:53:54 pm »

Saturday 24 August

ABS Visit to the Guadalhorce, Malaga
Great morning in lovely company and enjoyed, I trust, by all 18 participants.  A detailed report later but suffice to say that we actually managed to record 60 species between us.

Bob Wright
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« Reply #4 on: August 30, 2013, 08:43:11 am »

30 August 2013

A full, illustrated reort on this visit to the Guadalhorce has now been published.  It can be accessed from the Society's "Home Page" on the website by following the link.

Bob Wright
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