La Covacha1A CADIZ nature reserve has claimed the top gong at the Andalucia Environment Awards.

Rewarded for nurturing a derelict nature reserve back to life in the Bay of Cadiz, NGO Salarte claimed the top prize for ‘Natural Values of Andalucia’.

Backed by a trio of local celebrities, sculptor Javier Ayarza, flamenco fusion singer Clara Montes and two-star Michelin Chef Angel Leon, aka The Chef of the Sea, Salarte has brought the La Covacha salt plain back to life.

Located off the shores of Puerto Real, the company’s hard work has even seen a rare breed of osprey return to the area.

“We are very grateful for this recognition, which encourages us even more to work every day in the recovery of traditional salt,” said Salarte president, Juan Bermudez.

“We have a unique country that needs to be managed to regain its former glory.”

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