Talaván Reservoir

Programme for the conservation of the surroundings of the Talaván Reservoir

The reservoir known as Embalse de Talaván is located in the district of Cuatro Lugares in Cáceres province and is included in the Natura 2000 Network. It is an area of confluence of highly relevant ecosystems, such as holm oak dotted grazing lands, cattle pools and steppe plains. Within the context of the natural spaces recovery programme of the Banco Santander Foundation, we have started improvement works in the setting of the Talaván Reservoir.

Actions include re-afforestation and improvement of plant communities. Specimens planted include tree species such as bushweeds (Flueggea tinctoria), willows (Salix salviifolia), alders (Alnus glutinosa), ash (Fraxinus angustifolia) and black poplars (Populus nigra) as well as bushes such as privet (Ligustrum vulgare), black elder (Sambucus nigra) or dog roses (Rosa canina). Nesting islands have been installed for such species as black-winged stilt (Himantopus himantopus) and nesting boxes for the lesser kestrel (Falco naumanni).

Biodiversity improvement activities are regularly supplemented by awareness-raising and environmental education initiatives in the region.

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