Since October 2006, the partner organisation Fundación Global Nature (FGN) has implemented the LIFE Nature project “Wetland Restoration and Management: Canal of Castile SPA” at the Canal de Castilla. The project is running until September 2010. Its primary objective is the development of a plan for the management, monitoring and restoration of the wetlands along the canal.
The Canal de Castilla with a total length of 207 km was built at the end of the 18th and the beginning of the 19th century and is considered an engineering masterpiece. Beside its use for the corn transport, the canal water should power crop mills as well as assure the water supply in Castile. Today, the channel is an important natural region.On its shorelines, common reed and bulrush are found, the gallery forests behind are covered with elms, poplars and white poplars, ash trees, osiers, hazels and honeysuckles. The eco-system provides habitat to marsh harriers, egrets, swans and other birds.
Further information about the LIFE Nature Project “Wetland Restoration and Management: Canal of Castile SPA” in English is e available under:www.lifecanaldecastilla.org/englishlifecanal2/