Seasonal Pond: La Gallega

It is located between the CA-33 and the coastal dune of Cortadura Beach, before Torregorda. With an extension of 1.4 hectares, it is a natural reservoir of water in seasonal periods inhabited by certain, strictly protected faunal species, as well as certain plant communities typical of lagoon systems. The Laguna de la Gallega is an interdunal depression with freshwater stagnation recovered for the laying and breeding of amphibians. In 2004, the Andalusian-Atlantic Coastal Demarcation, undertakes an action plan for the environmental recovery of the Pond, due to the unfortunate state of degradation that it presented due to anthropic action (concrete spills, parking of vehicles in the area, rubbish, …).

Currently, the GEA-Cádiz volunteer group, through an agreement signed with Cadiz City Council, is in charge of the maintenance, conservation and management of the enclave, such as the removal of invasive alien plants, the recovery of native vegetation, the creation of shelters for reptiles and amphibians, signage placement, information to citizens, …

Among the vegetation that we find, we can highlight the Pond Water-crowfoot (Ranuncullus peltatus), The Spiny Rush (Juncus acutus), Sea Clubrush (Scirpus maritimus), Salt Cedar (Tamarix sp.) and the Maltese Mushroom (Cynomorium coccineum).

Regarding the fauna, we can find the Iberian Spadefoot Toad (Pelobates cultripes), the Sharp-ribbed Newt (Pleurodeles walt), Iberian Green Frog (Rana perezi), Bedriaga’s skink (Chalcides bedriagai), Western three-toad Skink (Chalcedes striatus), Horseshoe Whip Snake (Coluber hippocrepis), Montpellier snake (Malpolon monspessulanus), Common Chameleon (Chamaleo chamaleon) Eurasian Hoopoe (Upupa epops), Common Mallard (Anas Platyrhyncos) or the Kentish Plover (Charadrius alexandrinus).

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