Salinas de San Pedro Regional Reserve
This wetland is highly-important as it is a place where many species of birds rest and make their nests, which, alongside traditional activities such as fishing and salt production that work in harmony with the environment, make this natural protected space an excellent example of sustainable development.
The San Pedro salt flats extend along a Mediterranean coastal strip measuring some 6 km. These, together with Las Encañizadas (a natural channel of water exchange between the Mediterranean Sea and the Mar Menor lagoon) form a Regional Reserve that covers 856 hectares, located in the municipalities of San Pedro del Pinatar (salt flats and sand banks) and San Javier (shallow channel). It is bordered to the north by El Mojón and to the south by the start of the Manga del Mar Menor sandbar. Owing to the rich natural wealth of this wetland, Mar Menor has been included on the Ramsar wetland list since 1994. In 1998, it was designated a Special Protection Area (ZEPA) for bird life, forming part of the Natura 2000 network. It has also been put forward as a Site of Community Importance (SCI).