One of the greatest ecological loss and disasters of the Iberian Peninsula has been the drainage of its largest wetland, the ‘Laguna de La Janda’. 20 square miles. Due to its strategic position, it is the stepping stone and resting area for the migrating birds crossing the Strait of Gibraltar. In years of plentiful rain, the Janda floods and returns to is former glory.

Although enormous transformations have taken place, it continues to be an ecological jewel, with Europe’s southernmost wintering cranes 2000> ; area of dispersion of juv. Imperial Eagles, 7 ind. Last breeding population of Great Bustards in Cadiz. Although listed as IBA No. 257 it has no legal or ecological protection.

To prevent any further deterioration, repeated requests by Asociacion Amigos de La Janda/SEO/WWF , have been made to the Andalusian Government for SPA/ZEPA declaration of the area, these have been ignored. Studies for the regeneration and a book have been published by the University of Cordoba, and financed by the Andalusian Enviornmental Agency. The species of birds, residents, breeding and on migration is endless. The Janda. amply fulfills the needs to be declared SPA, therefore we are pressing once more to be given the protection that ‘La Janda’ deserves.

Asociación Amigos de la Laguna de La Janda
Finca El Bornizo
El Bujeo
11390 PELAYO
Cádiz, SPAIN

Fax: + 34 956 685162


Situation of Laguna de La Janda

Pinturas rupestres

Colonia de buitres de la "Laja de Aciscar"

Great Bustard