Birds at Dòvia ravine, in Pratdip
As well as doing different sports and enjoying the wonderful countryside in the mountain ranges of Llaberia and Colldejou, you can also do one of the most popular cultural and scientific activities of recent years: birdwatching.
We would like to explain a little: ICO is the Catalonian Institute of Ornithology, the organization with the most ornithologists in the country and the one which carries out many informative, scientific activities as well as protecting birds.
You can get much more information from their website:
Amongst these activities is the census and monitoring system, which aims at getting more information on our bird populations. The one we are interested in here is the SOCC, Seguimiento de Aves Comunes en Catalunya (following common birds in Catalonia).
This census has been carried out since 2004, and different from most censuses just as its name suggests, it has been created to check what common species there are in a specific area with regular itineraries, every year there are two in the winter and two more during the breeding season. With this regularity, species with reducing or increasing populations can be determined, thus this is an excellent bio-indicator on the state of the ecosystems, above all if we can maintain them for a long time.
In the case of Pratdip, we have been carrying out this task within the SOCC framework since 2006, ten years exactly. It is now becoming a rather illuminating system as we can reach various conclusions. Something which is also done by ICO in their annual reports.
What we would like to explain here is that this route of three kilometres, like the others, starting at the beginning of the valley near Santa Marina road and ending in Dòvia, is the ideal spot for observing species which are rare in Catalonia. Some are even in danger of extinction.
To be more precise, during the winter census we have counted forty different species, while in the breeding season the highest number has been forty-six. The three kilometer walk must be done in two and a half hours.
Although the SOCC census is carried out to count common species, rarer birds are also observed, at Dòvia for instance you are almost sure to see a golden eagle, short toed eagle, bonelli’s eagle, falcon, alpine accentor, blue rock thrush, red-billed chough and wallcreeper.
If you are interested in birds and want to find out more about their presence in Tarragona you can check out our blog:
It is impossible to get bored walking through Dòvia valley, in Pratdip, because between sighting birds, if you take away your binoculars you can see butterflies, dragonflies and interesting plants like orchids and rockroses with white flowers which are really outstanding.
Just another spot in the Llaberia mountain range, another wonderful place which is closer to home than you think.
- Alpine accentor, Prunella collaris
- Golden eagle, Aquila chrysaetos
- Eurasian crag martin, Ptyonoprogne rupestris
- European goldfinch, Carduelis carduelis
- Peregrine falcon, Falco peregrinus
- Red-rumped swallow, Crecopis daurica
- Common chaffinch, Fringilla coebebs
- European robin, Erithacus rubecula
- Great tit, Parus major
- Subalpine warbler, Sylvia cantillans
- Black redstart, Phoenicurus ochruros
- Rockrose with white flowers at Dòvia, Cistus albidus