Bird´s route: Mero riverside walk

There is a pleasant walk from the vicinity of the Abegondo – Cecebre reservoir dam to where the River Mero flows into O Burgo Ria. You can walk along either side of the river along paths that are almost always shaded by well-conserved woodland. The full route, some 10 km in length can be completed either on foot or by mountain bike. At various points it is necessary to cross secondary roads in order to get back on the path, which means taking particular care.

Ornithological interest

The riparian woodland that lines the River Mero just before it flows into the sea, made up mainly of Alder and Willow trees, is home to a fascinating community of birds that includes Eurasian Blackcaps, Winter Wrens, Common Chiffchaffs (in winter) and Iberian Chiffchaffs (in spring and summer), Great, Long-tailed and Coal Tits, as well as birds of prey such as the Common Buzzard or Sparrowhawk, and in summer the European Turtle Dove. On some stretches of the riverbank, such as near Peiraio mill, you may catch a glimpse of the White-throated Dipper. Closer to the water, look out for Grey Wagtails, Mallards and Grey Herons.

Phenology

This riparian woodland can be explored at any time of year. In the early morning on a spring day, the babbling water and the mating calls of the birds hold a particular charm.

What to see

One of the best conserved stretches runs from Peiraio mill to Insuas Bridge, next to the railway stop in Cambre.

Getting there, accessibility and recommendations

Public transport to this route includes bus and train services; in the case of the latter, passengers should alight at the Cambre or Cecebre railway stops.

In winter, remember to wear waterproof footwear. If you are walking, watch out for the cyclists and move aside to let them pass. And if you’re cycling, keep an eye out for walkers!

Resources

The Mariñas Coruñesas e Terras do Mandeo Biosphere Reserve website includes details of places of interest.

Nearby sites of ornithological interest

Spending a winter’s day exploring this route, the Abegondo – Cecebre reservoir and O Burgo Ria guarantees successful results in terms of the number of bird species you will be able to spot.

Birds of the Mariñas

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Andarríos chico
Scolopacidae
It is a small bird with fairly short legs and dark yellow feet.
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Common coalman
Paridae
It has yellow breast in contrast to the bluish tail and wings.
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Back common stone
Scolopacidae
It has a compact body, with its short legs, neck and beak. The legs have an intense orange coloration.
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Common correlimos
Scolopacidae
It is a medium-sized bird with a dark bill and legs.
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Martin common fisherman
Alcedinidae
Bright bluish green above, orange brown underneath.
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Curruca capirotada
Sylviidae
Curruca de tamaño medio, de aspecto robusto y de una tonalidad grisácea en general.
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European Robin
Turdidae
The plumage of the chest and face are orange.
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European aquatic mirlo
Cinclidae
Aquatic blackbirds are medium-sized plump birds, short tails and rather small wings.
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Common Zampullin
Podicipedidae
In the breeding season it has a bridal plumage in which the throat and neck stand out red, with a yellow spot on the membranous part of the base of the bill.
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Real Zarapito
Scolopacidae
The head of the Royal Zarapito is quite uniform in color.

Other places to visit:

Wenceslao Fernández Flórez House-Museum and the Enchanted Forest.

Cambre Roman archaeological site museum.

Romanesque Church of Santa María de Cambre.

Mariñán Route “Cambre and its surroundings”.

Useful telephone numbers and addresses:

For details of bus times, call A Coruña bus station on 981 184 335
Horarios de Renfe: https://www.renfe.com/es/es/viajar/prepara-tu-viaje/horarios
Emergency services: 112
Cambre Town Hall: 981 613 128
Oficina de Turismo de Cambre: Praza do Mosteiro, 1, (15660), Cambre, A Coruña. Telf.: 981 656 217. museo@cambre.org