The dunes in Es Trenc belong to the municipality of Campos del Port. The protected area constitutes an eco-system, with an extension of 1,455 ha, that encompasses the beach of Es Trenc, the adjoining dunes, as well as the salt flats situated behind the dunes. Since 1984, the area of Es Trenc-Salobrar is protected as an ANEI (Área Natural de Especial Interés).
Directly from the beach, the sand dunes are cordoned off with stakes and ropes to stop beach buggies, off road junkies and quad bikes, but also beachgoers like you and me from invading the protected dunes. Protection is needed to allow the dunes system to regenerate, the natural sedimentation process of the sand to prosper, the vegetation to take hold again and thus, to preserve the natural values of this area.
It was now reported by the local newspapers that these means of protection are in a bad state indeed, as shown in the photo (below). The damage done seems due to the heavy weather that we had recently. It appears though, that the Consellería de Medi Ambient as part of the Govern de les Illes Balears has temporarily run out of funds and can not repair the storm damages now. Sad, really.
The photo (top) was chosen from my archive. It was taken near Ses Salines, Mallorca, Spain. The date: December 25th, 2007. The time was 15:40:38. The photo (middle) was taken near Ses Covettes, Mallorca, Spain. The date: December 9th, 2008. The time was 16:17:18. The photo (bottom) was borrowed from the Diario de Mallorca; moltes gràcies to the photographer, T. Obrador.