European Stork Village 1997 - Malpartida de Cáceres (Spain)
The 4,300 strong settlement of Malpartida de Cáceres is situated in the Spanish region of Extremadura amidst the steppes, which stretch westwards from Cáceres to the Portugese border. This land is mostly farmed as extensive pasture grazed by traditional breeds of farm animals such as Avileña cattle and merino sheep. Ponds were created as watering holes for cattle and for fishing, and small reservoirs for irrigation and drinking water. This created not only important feeding grounds for the white stork, but also breeding grounds for many other species of birds associated with water, such as the little grebe, great crested grebe, various species of duck, the little egret and grey heron.
Nests on: houses/church, rock formations with 'woolbag' erosion (Barruecos
natural heritage site)
Stork festival: stork week, early June
Support measures: nest protection
Further details: youth work, Silver Stork prize
Partners: Torrejón el Rubio Nature Conservation Centre