Las Salinas de Calpe, a fragile ecosystem

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WELL KNOWN: The salt marsh supports 173 species of birds, including the famous flamingo.

Las Salinas in Calpe, known for its flamingoes is a fragile ecosystem affected by small changes which can cause a chain reaction and downward spiral. The wetland had suffered during the summer drought this year, with water levels falling sharply resulting in many fish dying off due to the increased salinity. 

The 41-hectare natural salt marsh supports 173 species of birds, many of which are of great biological interest such as the flamingo (Phoenicopterus ruber) and others like the stilt and Kentish plover. 

Although heavy rains can sometimes have a detrimental effect on the marsh, with rainwater run-off coming from the streets and hills bringing pollutants, the recent rains seem to have had a positive effect on the area, at least for now.

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