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Menorca, Balearic Islands, Spain

Overview

A small area of scrubby marsh behind the dune system at Cala Tirant beach. This area can be good birding but is dependant up the weather. There is a small piece of wetland habitat that dries up in the hottest months but during the cooler times is a resting place for waders etc. As the dune system is a protected area and shouldn't be crossed, it is best to view the area from the road. There are also some old salinas not far from here that may hold waders and herons etc.

Birds

Notable Species

Little Ringed Plover, European Bee-eater both breed in the area.

Rarities

Audouin's Gull occasionally visit the beach area. Marsh terns can be found following suitable weather conditions.

Check-list

Birds you can see here include:

Mallard, Red Kite, Common Buzzard, Common Kestrel, Little Ringed Plover, Common Greenshank, Yellow-legged Gull, European Turtle Dove, Common Swift, Eurasian Hoopoe, European Bee-eater, Common Nightingale, Eurasian Blackbird, Sardinian Warbler, Zitting Cisticola, Great Tit, Woodchat Shrike, European Goldfinch, European Greenfinch,

Other Wildlife

Site Information

History and Use

Areas of Interest

Access and Facilities

The beach area can be accessed by turning off the Me-7, a kilometre South of Fornells, signposted Playa Tirant. Park in the village and walk across the beach to the western end, there is a small stream here and a car track which can be used to access part of the area. The wetland area is reached by turning off the Me-7 at Kilometre 5, signposted Cap de Cavalleria and Cala Tirant. Follow the road for approx 2 kilometres to turn right at a junction with a large white wall with 'Cala Tirant' painted on it. The road here is terrible, seems to be concrete and very uneven so take care in a hire car. The wetland area is to the left and can be viewed from the roadside approximately 50 yards from the junction. Continuing along the road brings you to the area of the dunes to your right and you can scope across the area as the road here is higher than the dunes. Ses Salinas are on the opposite side of the Me-7 to the Playa Tirant turn off. Park with care and watch from the roadside as the salines are private property. There are no facilities at all on the beach but there are bars close to the beach for toilets etc.

Contact Details

External Links

Cala Tirant on Googlemaps

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