The Fauna Refuge of San Juan Lagoon (Refugio de fauna de la Laguna de San Juan) covers an area of 40 hectares and is found along the lower course of the River Tajuña. It is an important wetland area close to the town of Chinchón and one of the largest bird reserves in the Community of Madrid.
It became a protected area in1991 and is devoted to preserving, restoring and improving the fauna and flora for biological, scientific and educational purposes.
Surrounded by reeds, rushes and cane as well as other species It is perhaps the best example of the marshy ecosystem in the province of Madrid and an ideal habitat for water fowl. Over 43 species of vertebrates have been catalogued, of which around half are birds. Some make their home here all through the year whilst others are wintering or make sporadic visits during migration periods.
There is a small hide and a few information panels explaining some of the wildlife present in the area (Mostly birdlife)
Find a hotel close to the The Fauna Refuge of San Juan Lagoon (Chinchón)
In fact Chinchón is a great place to base yourself if you don’t want to be in the main city of Madrid but still have easy access to the Natural Park areas around Madrid Province.
The official website for the town of Chinchón is here: http://www.ciudad-chinchon.com/turismo/en/conoce-chinchon/bienvenida.php
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