Birders have been using the Ojen Valley road (SW.14 in my site guide) for decades, probably a generation or more. It's featured in birding site guides since the early 1990s at least. However, I'm informed that, for reasons best known to themselves, the authorities have instructed the Guardia Civil to stop 'unauthorised' vehicles using the route and to prosecute offenders. At a time when the province is initiating policy to encourage birding tourism this seems a retrograde step. It's bizarre how they don't seem to have the resources to stop the blantant disregard for regulations by kite surfing at Playa de los Lances, but can faff around stopping birders using this route. I'm still making enquiries about this retrograde measure .....
Rather less surprisingly, the military authorities now seem to be cracking down on people driving through the mothballed military camp ("Cascabel") and down to the Torre Guadalmesi (site SW 10.3). Offenders have been escorted back to the main road and sent on their way. My understanding is that you can still park at the top of this road, walk down towards the camp diverting round it to your left, then rejoin the track beyond the camps and continue to the coast
About me ...
Hi I'm John Cantelo. I've been birding seriously since the 1960s when I met up with some like minded folks (all of us are still birding!) at Taunton's School in Southampton. I have lived in Kent , where I taught History and Sociology, since the late 1970s. In that time I've served on the committees of both my local RSPB group and the county ornithological society (KOS). I have also worked as a part-time field teacher for the RSPB at Dungeness. Having retired I now spend as much time as possible in Alcala de los Gazules in SW Spain. When I'm not birding I edit books for the Crossbill Guides series.