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A summer to discover the 'Little Doñana'

The Department of Tourism and the association 'The Lollipop Tree' are showing dozens of people this summer a new way of looking at the Punta Entinas Sabinar place

The province of Almería has its particular 'Little Doñana' as some call it due to the amount of species that can be found in this space. A natural jewel that the ejidenses have closer to what many still know, but that this summer, some are having the opportunity to discover or rediscover, learning to look at it and admire it with the responsibility that a Natural Area like Punta Entinas Sabinar deserves.

All this, from the limits set by the Natural Reserve, which cannot and should not be accessed except with express authorization from the Ministry of the Environment, due to the rarity, fragility, importance and uniqueness of the species found.

The Department of Tourism of the City Council of El Ejido and the association 'El Árbol de las Piruletas' are carrying out didactic circuits in small groups during these summer months to bring knowledge about this environmental jewel that the municipality has and that still for many, if not most, it is unknown.

In Punta Entinas Sabinar you can count up to 270 species of flora and more than 200 species of birds

An environmental education itinerary in which to know which are those plants and trees that make up the native flora, what fauna can be found, and even which are those invasive species that are displacing those in the area.

A circuit called 'Walking among flamingos, mastic and posidonia. Aprendiendo a Mirar Punta Entinas Sabinar 'which has two routes, of six or sixteen kilometers and during which Moisés Palmero, president of the environmental education association, discovers curiosities such as that the ejido municipality has three forests, perhaps not the concept of forests that can usually come to mind when you think of one. "The first is under the sea and is from Posidonia, the second is from mastic and juniper, and the third from artos, although the latter is increasingly devastated."

Likewise, during the tour it is possible to discover even fossils, which inform about what the climate was like years ago and that allow us to know that before the Mediterranean Sea was much warmer than now, since among these remains there is a species of marine mollusk that currently lives in the waters of Senegal.

And is that Punta Entinas Sabinar has a great variety of soils, clean beach sand or with organic remains, stabilized or mobile dunes, and even rocky escarpments, among others, which are what allow so many different habitats to proliferate in this space, unique ecosystems, in which 270 species of flora and more than 200 species of birds can be counted.

Another curiosity that the participants in the organized educational routes discover is that a Roman road passes through Punta Entinas. "That is why this space must also be linked to the history of Murgi or Turaniana and connections would have to be sought," said Moisés Palmero. It is even said that the Romans went to Punta Entinas to kill flamingos to eat their tongues. Some flamingos that could also be seen yesterday feeding in the ponds and flying over them, since although this space is not used for nesting, it does become the place they choose to rest, eat and follow the route, However, the visit allowed to see much more birds.

For those who have not yet registered, they will still have the possibility to participate in the six-kilometer route on August 16 and 30 in the morning and August 9 and 23 in the afternoon. While on September 6 it will also be in the morning. Those who prefer the long 16-kilometer route, which ends at the Lighthouse, will be able to do it on August 15 and 20 in the morning. However, for this, prior registration is necessary.

A visit that becomes even more necessary if, as some studies indicate, in 2050 that area may already be under the sea.