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Las Salinas Reception Centre

“Las Salinas” Visitor Centre, Murcia, Spain”

Organisation name: Regional Parc Salinas y Arenales de San Pedro del Pinatar

Financial support: Autonomous Community of Murcia

Staff number:  6

Annual number of visitors: 10,000

Main objectives of the Centre:

Management office and visitor service.

Description of the Centre:

Coastal area located in the northern limit of the Mar Menor and the coast of the Murcia region, between the municipal terms of San Javier and San Pedro del Pinatar. It has about 872 hectares, of which 464 hectares correspond to Salinas with industrial activity. The rest of the region retains important salt marshes and well-preserved sand and dune systems. In total, up to 12 habitat types are included in the Habitats Directive, 4 of which are considered as priorities.

There are marine environments or dune and saline environments. Some 225 species of flora are listed, 13 of which are in a protection category. Among fauna, the most important group is birds, with about 200 species, including sedentary and migratory species. However, there is also a wide representation of other groups such as endemic and endangered fish called Fartet (Aphanius iberus).

The “Las Salinas” Research and Conservation Centre for Wetlands develops multiple tasks of environmental education and interpretation of the natural heritage, the construction of which in the form of an observation tower rises near the Park’s entrance road.

Main areas of activity:

The main functions around communication, education, participation and awareness are:

– Visitor information service.

-Social revitalisation: the information team encourages and participates in relevant activities of the Park and its socio-economic environment, as well as in the promotion of the involvement of the local population in the knowledge and conservation of the protected area.

-Exhibition room where the natural, social and cultural values of the Park are presented.

– Projection room and multiple uses.

-Guided environmental routes.

-Celebration of special days such as World Wetlands Day, European Parks Day, World Environment Day, Bird Day and World Volunteer Day, among others.

-Publications: on the Web

-Seminars, courses, conferences, information events, etc. are also held in the screening room and are for multiple purposes. Among others: Civil Protection Courses, Guides in Protected Natural Areas Courses, Nature Photography Courses, National Wetlands Committee 2005 Celebration, Brown Teal Exhibit, Coast Wacht and Clean Up the World Volunteer Meetings, etc.

During the summer months, an awareness campaign is conducted on the beaches of the natural area.

Three major achievements:

Improvement of public footpaths at the entrance to the Park by installing a wooden bridge over a canal to avoid dangerous traffic and to connect the Park’s natural trail network with the Mediterranean Long Trip Trail (GR-92).

– Development of actions to improve the ecological status of an artificial pond for the conservation of wax (Aphanius iberus) by linking the water circuit to the industrial salt pond system.

– The Salinas y Arenales Regional Park of San Pedro del Pinatar has renewed the’Q’ for Quality for the excellence of its services, its public facilities and its internal management, after successfully passing the ICTE audit.

Three major challenges:

Implementation of a programme to monitor global change in the protected area network of the Murcia coast, which includes the R.P. Salinas de San Pedro.

– Removal of an unapproved trail used by a small part of the local population to conserve priority habitat and nest the bird species listed in Annex I to Directive 2009/147/EC.

– Replacement of 800 mL of wooden walkway for the improvement of a section of the PR-MU 65 Las Encañizadas nature trail

Interpretation techniques:

Create signage/information on the site; Produce written resources; Use audiovisual resources; Develop ecological itineraries.

Information centres:

Manage an information centre; Build/maintain infrastructure


Working with people with disabilities; Attracting the attention of marginalized people; Attracting the attention of young people; Attracting the attention of the local population; Working with volunteers.

Education and Communication

Adult education; Collaboration with primary schools; Lobbying/campaign for causes; Collaboration with secondary schools; Development of resources and teaching materials.


Audit / evaluation of effectiveness; public relations and marketing; effective management of administration; health and safety; fundraising; project planning.

The Salinas de San Pedro Regional Park has a conservative director (Mr. Alfredo González Rincón) who has a multidisciplinary technical team (biological monitoring, research, social revitalization…). In addition, the Information and Visitors Service team in the protected natural areas of the Murcia du Parc region carries out tasks to support the integrated management of the natural area. Since June 2006, the Park’s public facilities have been the subject of a Tourism Quality System in Spain.


  • Alfredo González Rincón

Conservation area of the natural areas of the coast of the Murcia region. Directorate General for the Environment. Consejería de Presidencia.C/Catedrático Eugenio Úbeda, nº 3, 4ª Planta; Despacho 438, C.P. 30008 Murcia. Phone: 968.

  • Teresa López Aledo et Ana Navarro Sequero

Directorate General for the Environment. Ministry of the Presidency.

C/Catedrático Eugenio Úbeda, nº 3, 4ª Planta, C.P. 30008 Murcia ;,


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