Charca de Suarez

Charca de Suarez, Motril: Address, Phone Number, Charca de Suarez Reviews: 4.5/5

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peterwV975TL
Malaga, Spain905 contributions
4pm to 6pm in the Winter to see Bluethroats
Nov 2019 • Couples
We went to the Motril Reserve tonight and the bird of the night was a pair of Bluethroats.

According to the info in the reserve these winter visitors fly 1700 kms from the Baltic coast. They were feeding on the waters edge about 10ft from the hide, 6pm, late winter sun, catchlights in the eye, perfect shot for the person with a camera....mine was at home. This reserve is also the only place in the province of Granada where they have been known to breed.

Shovelers, coots, crested coots, moorhens, little grebes, tufted ducks, mallards, comorants, grey herons, yellow wagtails, pied wagtails, swamp hen, spotted flycatcher and our lonely solitary Stork

Lovely walk in the evening sun and a large black cameleon giving us the eye on a reed stem half way round. Easy 2 hour stroll around the 7 hides.

Written November 20, 2019
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peterwV975TL
Malaga, Spain905 contributions
Later Opening Times in the Summer
May 2019 • Couples
In May the site only opens at 18.30hrs till 2000hrs and from June till the end of September 1800 hrs until 2000 hrs.

Weekends in May 10.00hrs, 1100hrs and 18.30hrs till 2000hrs

Weekends June to the end of September, 0900hrs - 1300 hrs and 1800-2000 hrs in the evening.

In Summer these are "guided tours" which infact means the guy that opens the gates at the opening time, gives you a guide leaflet which shows the various lagoons in the reserve and the footpaths...and then locks the gate behind you until its time to leave at 2000hrs.....so make sure you are at the gate before 2000hrs. Easy to find your way around on the flat pathways to the various hides, well signposted and plenty of small birds to see along the way.

Today we saw around 20 different birds. The highlight was a reptile... a Chameleon....quite large, deep green in colour sat on the branch of a tree near the
entrance to the site. Pointed out to us by a local man who we see every time we visit who only looks for reptiles. A very rare reptile in this part of Spain and numerous are resident in the reserve.

Unfortunately the early closing time in the summer means that you cannot see the flocks of birds that roost in the reserve overnight. But if after leaving you wait around till the sun starts to set on the sea front you will see them all flying in. Mainly Cormorants but plenty of others overnight in Charca de Suarez.

If you are into wildlife or just want a pleasent walk in the early evening then take a stroll. Totally free. Recommended.

Written May 21, 2019
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peterwV975TL
Malaga, Spain905 contributions
Bird Paradise.
Jan 2019 • Friends
Open in the winter months from 1600 hrs until 1800hrs, this is area of wetlands set amongst blocks of flats, an industrial estate and close to the sea is just amazing.

The variety of resident birds, having regard to the size of the reserve, is quite amazing.

A large colony of cormorants overnight on tge reserve and start to fly in as the sin starts to go down. Coots, Crested Coots, Moorhens, a Stork, Grey Herons, Buzzard, Yellow Wagtails, Pied Wagtails, Snipe, Little Grebes, Mallards, Spotted Flycatchers. The list goes on. Add to tha several pairs of Shovelers and a couple of Swamp Hens or Purple Gallinules and thats just some of the species we saw from the various hides scattered around the reserve.

If you are into birds its a must, if you want some peace and tranquility its a must. Just take a good pair of binoculars and a bird guide book. A great way to spend a couple of hours as the sun is setting.

Highly Recommended.
Written January 20, 2019
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CheviotView
Kelso14 contributions
A natural haven amongst holiday apartments
Sep 2017 • Couples
Charca Suarez is a small nature reserve set up originally to protect the "red-knobbed coot" whose numbers were in severe decline. There are 7? hides and a look out area good for spotting birds of prey. Avoid weekends when there are noisy families and large groups of noisy tourists. It's only open for a couple of hours in the evening during the week so it's best to check opening times before you visit.

If you want to get a close up view of a kingfisher, get there at opening time and go to the large hide at the far end but walk quietly in and don't approach the windows.

Sadly some of the ponds are beginning to dry up but we were told that they were going to try and flood the area later this year. This small area of natural landscape feels very threatened by encroaching development. I really hope that those who look after it will be able to safeguard it for the wildlife which rely on it.

Our bird list (we are not experts) was:Red Knobbed coot,
Shoveller (female),Mallard, Moorhen, Coot, Flamingo (imm), Heron, Cormorant, Marsh Harrier?, Booted eagle?, Cetti's warbler (Heard), Hoopoe, Stork, Kingfisher, Purple Swamp Hen, Common waxbill
Written October 4, 2017
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Susana M
Motril10 contributions
Beatifull place for watching birds
Sep 2015 • Friends
Exclusive place in Motril and south of Spain to watch Exclusive birds and small animals. Ideal to go with the family.
Written June 2, 2016
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callcentreman
North West187 contributions
A hides gem
Jan 2016 • Friends
A fantastic reserve tucked on the outskirts of Motril and not that easy to find. The reserve is well maintained, the hides in great condition and the views of the birds and other wildlife excellent. In response to recent reviews if you only take 25 minutes to walk the reserve you are missing the point. The reserve attracts numerous common and not so common birds and is great for photography as well. The best bit was wTching one of the guides taking families around the reserve. A must for the true nature lover and it's free. Highly recommended and I'll be back when my next visit to Spain allows
Written February 9, 2016
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Ivcabarm
Almunecar, Spain26 contributions
Nothing Special
Jul 2014 • Friends
Yes, protected but nothing out of the ordinary. Birds are free and walking the natural reserve takes 25 min tops
Written July 30, 2014
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David Elliott-Binns
Chichester, UK41 contributions
Gem of a bird reserve
Jul 2014 • Couples
Limited opening hours at this time of year. 18.00 - 20.00 hrs every day plus 09.00 - 12.00 at weekends. Car parking can be a problem, but there is one just beyond the entrance. Flat walking surface. 3-5 hides giving good views over water & reeds. Very good bird list. Obviously depends on time of year. Highly recommended. We stayed at the Estrella de Mar Hotel, 500m down the road. A good budget base.
Written July 10, 2014
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