Heron in the rice fields
Level before seedtime
Rice fields occupy around 70% of the total surface area of the protected region, creating a beautiful landscape throughout the year. Harvesting rice is the primary economic activity of the territory and constitutes a vital habitat for waterfowl to feed.
Throughout the year, the landscapes of the rice field vary depending on the water level.
- The winter water level: This period lasts from November 1 to January 15, and is locally referred to as perellonà. At this time, the lake reaches its maximum level and floods the surrounding rice fields. During these months, the entire landscape resembles a giant lagoon.
- The pre-sowing water level: This period lasts from January 15 until the end of April. It’s the longest time that the rice fields will be dry, and it’s when the soil is prepared for subsequent cultivation. The fields are entirely brown during this time.
- The cultivation water level: This period lasts from early May to mid-August when the fields are flooded. During this time, the landscape changes from brown to green as the harvest starts to grow.
- The harvest water level: From September to the perellonà, the water level of the field drops which allows workers to come in and harvest the rice, usually from around the 1st of October. When the rice peaks, their sprigs blend together to create a beautiful golden landscape.