The Community of Valencia boasts some pretty impressive wetlands, which notably include the Albufera and the La Mata Lagoons, both of which are of great ornithological significance. The Albufera is located close to the city of Valencia and consists of a collection of ponds and lakes linked by canals, most of which are manmade. They are also home to a great deal of native flora which, in turn, provides the ideal habitat for hundreds of amphibious species, reptiles, grass snakes, etc. Nevertheless, it's still the birds that rule the roost here! Indeed, in addition to being a major nesting site, the Albufera is a popular stop-off point for thousands of migratory birds. There is also an interpretation centre at the site. Southern Alicante is equally significant in terms of its wetlands as this is where you'll find the La Mata Lagoons, marking a unique triangular area of ornithological habitat, the Santa Pola salt lakes and also El Hondo, a huge reserve featuring a number of dams. This extensive wetlands area, located in Vega Baja del Segura (Torrevieja, Guadarmar de Segura, etc.) consists of a whole network of canals, rivers, streams, pools, lakes, ponds and subsurface waters which make it a protected area of particular interest.