Wetlands in Tierra de Campos

In Tierra de Campos, action has been taken with the former endorheic basin of La Nava and its surroundings (Mar de Campos) in the province of Palencia, specifically at La Nava (Fuentes de Nava – Mazariegos), on the Laguna de Boada (Boada de Campos) and on La Nava de Pedraza (Pedraza de Campos), with a total surface area currently restored of 575.46 hectares. These wetlands are located in the Natural Space of La Nava – Campos de Palencia and in the Natura 2000 spaces of SPA La Nava – Campos Norte (Laguna de La Nava), SPA La Nava – Campos Sur (Laguna de Boada and Nava de Pedraza) and SCA Laguna de La Nava (Laguna de La Nava).

We are currently taking part in the management of all three wetlands with the general aim of demonstrating that wetlands, in general, can be restored and managed in an environmentally-friendly manner, recovering spaces of enormous value for the conservation of biological diversity, and in turn that they can operate as a tool for the environmentally-friendly social and economic development of their surroundings.

Main achievements

Since Fundación Global Nature started the recovery works at the Fuentes de Nava wetland in 1990, with the financial assistance of the ACMA Programme, the predecessor of the LIFE Programme, more than 400 hectares of the former “Mar de Campos” have been recovered.

Another of the wetlands recovered has been the Laguna de Boada de Campos, a lagoon located a few kilometres from La Nava. This wetland was another of those that dried up in the middle of the 20th century. Since 1998, an area of 70 hectares of flood table has been recovered through the leasing of the land from the lagoon basin from the Town Council of Boada de Campos, the purchase of plots and payments of compensation to the farmers who let their land be flooded.

Finally, 2004 saw the start of the recovery project at the Laguna de Pedraza de Campos which has allowed the recovery of almost 100 Ha of the basin of the former lagoon that dried out in 1970.

The main achievements have been:

  • Restoration of several lagoons in approximately 600 hectares of the original surface area
  • Presence of thousands of water fowl – different degrees of threat
  • Creation of a bird ringing station
  • Establishment of buffer zones around the wetlands to reduce the pollution from farming
  • Re-afforestation between the wetlands and the farming areas with a total of 50,000 trees planted
  • Construction of a bypass for the Castile Canal to the Laguna de Boada to improve water quality
  • Control of helophytic plants: 12 – 20 Marismeño horses
  • Restoration associated with cultural heritage (Castile Canal)
  • More than 40 national and international work camps
  • Creation of a Museum House at the lagoon in Boada de Campos

In order to carry out all these actions, it has been fundamental to receive the technical and economic support provided by countless public and private entities such as the European Commission, the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries, Food and the Environment, the Biodiversity Foundation, the Duero River Basin Confederation, the Castilla y León Regional Government, the town councils of Fuentes de Nava, Mazariegos, Boada de Campos and Pedraza de Campos, Araduey‐Campos Local Action Group, the Montemadrid Foundation, the Caja Círculo, Ibercaja and Catalunya Caixa savings banks, etc.

Desde 1993 dedicados a la conservación de la naturaleza y la funcionalidad de los ecosistemas

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