Gallocanta lake This is an IBA in Danger! 

Country/territory: Spain

IBA criteria met: A1, A4i, A4iv, B1i, B1iv, C1, C2, C5, C6 (2011)
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Area: 28,624 ha

IBA conservation status
Year of assessment (most recent) State (condition) Pressure (threat) Response (action)
2016 very unfavourable very high low
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Site description (2000 baseline)
A large brackish lake with marsh vegetation in some places and many islets. The surrounding area is dominated by cereal fields.

Key biodiversity
The most important passage site for Grus grus in Europe, it is a major migratory bottleneck, where more than 20,000 cranes regularly pass in spring and autumn. It is also a very important site for wintering wildfowl and for breeding steppic birds.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Area factsheet: Gallocanta lake. Downloaded from on 30/11/2023.