Trail 10: Berdún – Scrubland along the river Aragón
The trail leads off from Berdún in the direction of Martes and, after crossing the bridge over the river Aragón, takes a path to the right leading to a large gravel lay-by. We leave our vehicle here and continue down the river until we reach a ravine, which we can walk along until it joins the River Aragón. Total distance 3.5 km.
Once on the bridge again, we can continue along the trail (Route 11) towards Puente La Reina de Jaca along the Road to Santiago (9.7 km) making stpos along the river near the road, where birding information is provided showing some of the birds that are typical of the scrubland along the River Aragón.
We are now by the Berdún Canal, between the villages of Puente La Reina de Jaca and Berdún, in a fairly flat region with very few slopes. This is an area of extensive, well-preserved riverside woodland made up of willow, ash and poplar, with dense underground, grasslands and pebble beaches. Levels of precipitation are responsible for major changes in the riverpath with rain and snowmelt determining its extremely variable meanderings with many branches, carving out somo really intricate scenery.
The route also passes through farmland on the left bank of the Aragón.
The bird community that inhabits these shores is quite varied, and includes Black Kite, Red Kite, Common Blackbird, Great Tit, Blackcap, Green Woodpecker, Golden Oriole. White Wagtail, Cirl Bunting and Common Nightingale. If we leave the scrubland behind us and circle round through the surrounding farmland, we will have sightings of Montagu’s Harrier, Hen Harrier, Corn Bunting, Great Grey Shrike, Crested Lark, Black Redstart, Coomon Kestrel and Calandra Lark.