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Arroyo de Santiago, Salado de Morón y Matabueyes/ Garrapata


The Salado de Morón Stream rises in the province of Cádiz and runs through Seville, crossing the towns of Montellano, El Coronil, El Palmar de Troya, Morón de la Frontera and Utrera until it reaches the River Guadalquivir, at the end of the Brazo del Este channel. 

The Salado de Morón crosses the municipal district of Utrera from east to west, along the north of El Palmar de Troya, and ends in the Torre del Águila Reservoir. The western section of the stream runs through the Arroyo de Santiago, Salado de Morón and Matabueyes Garrapata SCI, before it reaches the reservoir. This area is the habitat of two protected species, namely the Spanish toothcarp (Aphanius iberus) and the Iberian Painted Frog (Discoglossus galganoius). Although this area downstream of the reservoir is devoid of trees, the riparian vegetation (tamarisk, oleander and reed) make it the most interesting. 

The Roman bridge of Alcantarilla straddles the Salado de Moron Stream.

The area downstream from the reservoir can be accessed via the A-8128 road towards Montellano. Take one of the country roads on the left side of this road before entering the town of Montellano.

The Salado de Morón Stream crosses the municipal district of Montellano from east to west. It rises in Puerto Serrano (Cádiz), and flows into the Guadalquivir marshlands, in the southern part of the Canal de los Portugueses that leads to the Brazo del Este. The Salado de Morón Stream takes its name from the mineral it picks up as it flows through the Tajos del Mogarejo, which has clay and gypsum deposits. 

The Salado de Morón preserves its riparian woodland vegetation. There are small patches of Mediterranean woodland and scrub nearby with species such as carob and palm hearts, especially in the area of the Tajos de Mogarejo.

Significant archaeological remains have been found near the stream, including the Molino Pintado site and the Celtiberian Los Callenses settlement.

The A-361 road from Montellano to Morón de la Frontera crosses the stream, which can also be reached by following the directions to Los Tajos de Mogarejo.

Surface area
700.00 Ha

Amphibians: Iberian ribbed newt (Pleurodeles waltl), common frog (Pelophylax perezi), Mediterranean tree frog (Hyla meridionalis), Iberian painted frog (Discoglossus galganoius), Spanish painted frog (Discoglossus jeanneae), natterjack toad (Epidalea calamita).

Birds: southern grey shrike (Lanius meridionalis), European bee-eater (Merops apiaster), hoopoe (Upupa epops), short-toed treecreeper (Certhia brachydactyla), booted eagle (Hieraaetus pennatus), Bonelli’s eagle (Aquila fasciata), Montagu’s harrier (Circus pygarus), stone curlew (Burhinus oedicnemus), woodchat shrike (Lanius senator), Rufous-tailed scrub-Robin (Erythropygia galactoes), mallard (Anas platyrhynchos), Eurasian jay (Garrulus glandarius), Eurasian scops-owl (Otus scops), little bittern (Ixobrychus minutus), northern-house-martin (Delichon urbicum), Eurasian crag-martin (Ptyonoprogne rupestris), long-eared owl (Asio otus), Eurasian eagle-owl (Bubo bubo), streaked fantail warbler (Cisticola Juncidis), booted eagle (Buteo buteo), calandra lark (Melanocorypha calandra), tawny owl (Strix aluco), Eurasian great tit (Parus major), European Roller (Coracias garrulus), Eurasian reed warbler (Acrocephalus scirpaceus), great reed-warbler (Acrocephalus arundinaceus), lesser kestrel (Falco naumanni), common kestrel (Falco tinnunculus), little ringed plover (Charadrius dubius), red-necked nightjar (Caprimulgus ruficollis), black-winged stilt (Himantopus himantopus), quail (Coturnix coturnix), crested lark (Galerida cristata), Thekla lark (Galerida theklae), black-eared wheatear (Oenanthe Hispanica), common cuckoo (Cuculus canorus), common raven (Corvus Corax), Sardinian warbler (Sylvia melanocephala), blackcap (Sylvia atricapilla), eastern subalpine warbler (Sylvia cantillans), Dartford warbler (Sylvia undata), spectacled warbler (Sylvia conspicillata), western rock bunting (emberiza cia), spotless starling (Sturnus unicolor), red-knobbed coot (Fulica cristata), common moorhen (Gallinula chloropus), little egret (Egretta garzetta), cattle egret (bubulcus ibis), purple heron (Ardea purpurea), barn swallow (Hirundo rustica), red-rumped swallow (Cecropis daurica), rock sparrow (Petronia petronia), house sparrow (Passer domesticus), Spanish sparrow (Passer hispaniolensis), Eurasian jackdaw (Corvus monedula), peregrine falcon (Falco peregrinus), blue tit (Cyanistes caeruleus), European goldfinch (Carduelis carduelis), yellow wagtail (Motacilla flava), grey wagtail (Motacilla cinerea), barn owl (Tyto alba), Eurasian blackbird (Turdus merula), long-tailed tit (Aegithalos caudatus), little owl (Athene noctua), willow warbler (Phylloscopus trochilus), Eurasian golden-oriole (Oriolus oriolus), common pigeon (Columba livia), common wood pigeon (Columba palumbus), spotted flycatcher (Muscicapa striata), Eurasian linnet (Carduelis cannabina), red-legged partridge (Alectoris rufa), great spotted woodpecker (Dendrocopos major), chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs), red crossbill (Loxia curvirostra), Eurasian green woodpecker (Picus viridis), Water rail (Rallus aquaticus), blue rock-thrush (Monticola solitarius), Cetti’s warbler (Cettia cetti), common nightingale (Luscinia megarhynchos), European stonechat (Saxicola rubicola), greater short-toed lark (Calandrella brachydactyla), European turtle-dove (Streptopelia turtur), corn bunting (Milandria calandra), common swift (Apus apus), pallid swift (Apus pallidus), European serin (Serinus serinus), European greenfinch (Carduelis chloris), western olivaceous warbler (Iduna opaca), melodious warbler (Hippolais polyglotta), mistle thrush (Turdus viscivorus).

Mammals: common rabbit (Oryctolagus cuniculus), Granada hare (Lepus granatensis), garden dormouse (Eliomys quercinus), mongoose (Herpestes ichneumon), bent-winged bat (Miniopterus schreibersii), lesser mouse-eared bat (Myotis blythii), otter (Lutra lutra), rat (Rattus), house mouse (Mus musculus), fox (Vulpes vulpes).

Continental fish: eel (Anguilla anguilla), Andalusian barbel (Luciobarbus sclateri), Southern straight-mouth nase (Pseudochondrostoma willkommii), Andalusian toothcarp (Aphanius baeticus) or Spanish toothcarp (Aphanius iberus).

Reptiles: Montpellier snake (Malpolon monspessulanus), ladder snake (Rhinechis scalaris), horseshoe snake (Hemorrhois hippocrepis), southern smooth snake (Coronella girondica), viperine water snake (Natrix maura), Iberian worm lizard (Blanus cinereus), western three-toed skink (Chalcides striatus), Mediterranean pond turtle (Mauremys leprosa), Maghreb wall lizard (Podarcis vaucheri), Spanish psammodromus (Psammodromus hispanicus), Algerian sand lizard (Psammodromus algirus), Iberian wall lizard (Podarcis hispanicus), ocellated lizard (Timon lepidus), common wall gecko (Tarentola mauritanica), Mediterranean house gecko (Hemidactylus turcicus).


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