The Dehesa de Abajo Concerted Nature Reserve is the contact zone between the southernmost area of the Aljarafe region and the Guadalquivir marshlands. The combination of Mediterranean forest and marshland habitat gives rise to an exceptional variety of plant and animal species.
There are walking, cycling and bridle paths in the Reserve and its surroundings. The landscape consists of stunning lakes such as La Rianzuela, surrounded by bushes, pine trees and large wild olive trees. Next to the lagoon are two observatories to watch multiple bird species, including flamingos, black terns (Chlidonias niger), spoonbills (Platalea leucorodia), red-crested pochards (Netta rufina) and mallards (Anas platyrhynchos), horned grebes (Podiceps auritus) and little grebes (Tachybaptus ruficollis), black-tailed godwit (Limosa limosa), endangered red-knobbed coots (Fulica cristata) and marbled teals (Marmaronetta angustirostris), and occasionally, the endangered white-headed duck (Oxyura leucocephala).
Raptors that can be spotted in pine forests include black kite (Milvus migrans), booted eagles (Hieraaetus pennatus) and kestrels, and in the wild olive groves is the largest colony of white storks (Ciconia Ciconia) in Spain.
A stroll through the Reserve reveals the presence of other more elusive animals, such as foxes, badgers and genets that find here varied prey, including invertebrates such as worms, small mammals such as rabbits and even wild fruits.
Nearby is the Cañada de los Pájaros Concerted Nature Reserve, where you can comfortably watch the most common bird species in Doñana Natural Park.
The visit can be completed with a walk through the town of La Puebla del Río, where one can admire its 13th-century church or Torre de la Guardia, with its unique terraced embankment and panoramic views of Seville and the Guadalquivir marshlands. Duck rice and fish are two must-try dishes at Poblado de las Colinas in Pinares de la Puebla, as are their desserts “Cañitas” and “Quemaítos”.
Closes at 20:30.