A Spanish beach popular with British tourists has been closed for a month after a rare discovery.
The beach of Sant Adrià de Besòs near Barcelona is closed to protect a ringed plover’s nest at the mouth of the Besòs river.
The small shorebirds lay eggs along the shoreline, which are often accidentally destroyed by sunbathers.
rural agentsThe Catalan government representative said the beach will remain closed until the end of July.
A statement said: “With @AjSantAdria We are marking a beach area at the mouth of the Besós River to protect the spawning of Lesser Corriol (Charadrius dubius), a protected species.
“We will maintain the measure until the end of July to ensure its feasibility.”
“We take care of the protection of the fauna.”
The protected species (Charadrius dubius) has a black bill, light-colored legs, and a distinctive yellow eye-ring.
It is sandy brown above and white below, with a black chest band and black bridle markings on the head.
This comes after a popular beach in Arenal, Alicante, was closed following reports of high levels of fecal bacteria in the water.
Shipwreck, or Navagio, beach on party paradise island of Zante was also closed this summer amid fears its crumbling cliffs could collapse.
Meanwhile, a deadly Portuguese Man O’War was spotted lurking in the water off a Benidorm beach.