The La Cañada de los Pájaros, the first Concerted Natural Reserve in Andalusia, is located in the Doñana region, albeit not within the Doñana Natural Park’s protected area. La Cañada, which opened to visitors in 1992, is situated in an old gravel pit that was restored and repopulated. The cavities generated by the mining activities were used to create wetlands, where different bird species now live, breed, roost and winter. Most of the waterfowl found in the Guadalquivir marshes can be watched close-up.
The Reserve also engages in scientific projects at its facilities, including the breeding in captivity of certain flagship species such as the red-knobbed coot (Fulica cristata), marbled teal (Marmaronetta angustirostris), white-headed duck (Oxyura leucocephala) and squacco heron (Ardeola ralloides). It also partners with other entities and bodies in ornithological research activities, such as ringing campaigns, bird censuses and marking tests. It also develops environmental education programmes for schoolchildren and the public. It is open for visits throughout the year.