The General Director of the Natural Environment, Fulgencio Perona, today supervised the restoration works, already completed, of the management and public use infrastructure damaged in the protected area 'Cabezo Gordo', in Torre Pacheco, which were affected by large trawls and runoff from the rainwater of the numerous channels that descend along the slopes of this mountainous system, during the cold drop episode last September.
The works have consisted of the installation of new signage for interpretation and management, the improvement of access infrastructures, roads and paths, the replacement of safety talanqueras and the conditioning and restoration of the entrance of the so-called Water Cave, as well as its perimeter fence.
The Cabezo Gordo is a great elevation that stands out in the northeastern portion of the coastal plain of the Campo de Cartagena-Mar Menor.
It has a high ecological, landscape, geomorphological and paleontological interest.
In it we find numerous Habitats of Community Importance, so it is listed as Protected Landscape and Special Conservation Zone of the Natura 2000 Network.
Among its cultural and historical values, the so-called Sima de las Palomas stands out, one of the most important paleontological sites in the peninsular southeast, where numerous human remains of hominids have been found dating back to the Middle and Upper Pleistocene, with an age of 150,000 years.
Water Cave also stands out, a cavity with huge galleries resulting from the mining activity that took place in this space during the 19th and early 20th centuries, which today constitutes one of the most important shelters for bat species in the Region .