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This might be Mallorca’s ‘ris­ing star’ where re­serves are con­cerned, a mix­ture of arable farm­land, heather and rose­mary heath, wood­land, and un­de­vel­oped coast­line that has al­ready recorded great birds, but also has the po­ten­tial for many more to be dis­cov­ered, as more and more bird­ers use it. Sit­u­ated south of C’an Pi­cafort, just off the road to Arta, it is well-known as a site for war­blers, with Sar­dinian and Dart­ford War­blers, both to be found in the scrubby ar­eas close to the coast. Their close rel­a­tive, the Balearic War­bler, is the real prize, though, and al­though they can be very shy and skulk­ing, es­pe­cially as the sum­mer wears on, good num­bers are present, with the area around the view­ing tower par­tic­u­larly pro­duc­tive. Get­ting fa­mil­iar with their song and calls is a must to give your­self the best chance of find­ing them, and they’ve been known to re­spond well to ‘pish­ing’. Au­douin’s Gull is an­other tar­get here, along the shore, where small num­bers of Ken­tish Plovers can also be found in spring and sum­mer. The res­i­dent species in­clude Stone-curlew, Thekla Lark and Hoopoe in the arable land, sup­ple­mented by Wood­chat Shrike, Spot­ted Fly­catcher, Wheatears, pip­its (in­clud­ing Tawny) and a va­ri­ety of pas­sage mi­grants in spring, while in win­ter finch flocks ar­rive (and keep an eye out for Hawfinches), along with Song Thrushes. Above all, this is a re­ward­ing but easy site to birdwatch at, close to the re­sort of C’an Pi­cafort. The paths are ac­ces­si­ble and over easy ter­rain, and you can get sat­is­fy­ingly close to the tar­get species. An early start is a good idea, as the beach in par­tic­u­lar can get busy later in the day. Son Real has a pre­served tra­di­tional Mal­lor­can farm­house, con­tain­ing ex­hi­bi­tions on the his­tory and cul­ture of the is­land – make sure you make a visit while you’re there GET­TING THERE The 445/446 bus ser­vices run past the re­serve, but it is also within easy walk­ing or cycling reach of C’an Pi­cafort it­self. There is a car park on site, at the vis­i­tor cen­tre and toi­lets.

VI­TAL IN­FOR­MA­TION April-septem­ber, 10am-7pm; Oc­to­ber-march: 10am-5pm; reception is open from 10am-4pm; ex­hi­bi­tions open from 10am-5pm Tel: +34 971 185 363 en­joy­mal­lorca.com/al­cu­dia mal­lor­cabird­watch­ing.com/son­real son­real@balears-sostenible.com Au­douin’s Gull is a beau­ti­ful bird, largely re­stricted to the Mediter­ranean and es­pe­cially its is­lands You’ll be able to spot many beau­ti­ful birds from the view­ing plat­form

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