A Land for All of Us


The 'EL SENILLAR’ Lagoon Project

Location . . .By the Ampola Beach in Moraira


The Friends of Avinenca have been invited to take part in the stewardship of this pocket sized natural parkland. This gives members interested in the flora and fauna of a typical wetland area a chance to observe the plants and wildlife whilst assisting in the conservation of endemic species of the area. 


The Friends of Avinenca became involved with the Moraira Lagoon Project in November 2010 and since then, with the assistance of the Teulada Ayuntamiento and the help of our members, considerable progress has been achieved in the cataloguing of all the varieties of plants found in the lagoon area as well as the removal of non indigenous species of both flora and fauna

We have been issued with a 'Permit to Work' by the Teulada Ayuntamiento allowing us access to this reserve.The Regional Government, for their part, recently issued our team with a   Certification of Approval for our ecological and conservation work at ‘El Senillar’.   The project group is being taken very seriously by the authorities and we are receiving support and guidance from a number of world renowned and respected, specialist departments.

Our activities at the lagoon take place weekly on Wednesday mornings throughout the year when we undertake various activities to maintain the site. 

We are also compiling a series of surveys of the flora and fauna in and around the lagoon area. To date some 60 species of birds have been seenand some 70 species of flora

If you’d like to know more, email Paul at: xabia.forall@yahoo.es or better still, come and visit the lagoon on a Wednesday morning between 10:00 and 12:30 and see what we do and how you can become involved.




The Bird Identification and Survey Group

Group Coordinator, Nigel Bentley



In addition to supplying fresh water, food and nesting material for resident and summer-visiting bird species, the lagoon reserve provides a welcome temporary resting and feeding opportunity for a wide variety of species on spring and autumn migration. Furthermore, there are other species that visit the reserve only during the winter months to take advantage of the relatively mild climatic conditions at this time of year.


The aims of this group are to record:

  1. The different bird species that visit or are resident in the reserve and its immediate surroundings.
  2. The number of each species present.
  3. Any species that may attempt to breed and whether or not breeding was successful.

Sightings are logged, verified, and then compiled into a survey for the particular period of the year. (See Bird Surveys)

Help for Group Members

For those who have only a limited knowledge of how to identify the many bird species that use the lagoon there is an ongoing programme of on-site guidance from the more experienced members of the team.

El Senillar Report 2010.pdf by Nigel Bentley  

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Flora Group – Joan and Tom Birch and their team have been  busy recording details of the indigenous and exotic plant species within the protected area of the lagoon.  We are working with the authorities to remove the exotic species and will soon start a replanting programme to introduce additional native species. 

Visit the Album of beautiful flora species by Joan and Tom (click on pictures)

  • Plant Identification, and Seed Growing Project










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