A group of three shallow reservoirs with abundant emergent vegetation and reedbeds (Phragmites). An area of riverine forest remains. The surrounds are dominated by arable cultivation and olive-groves.
This is an important site for breeding, passage and wintering waterbirds, particularly breeding Porphyrio porphyrio, and also for non-breeding Milvus migrans. Species of global conservation concern that do not meet IBA criteria: Oxyura leucocephala (3-5 passage individuals).
Pressure/threats to key biodiversity
The main threats are from sedimentation and the possible construction of a larger dam which would destroy the area.
National High International None663 ha of IBA covered by Natural Landscape (Alto Guadalquivir, 663 ha).
BirdLife International (2022) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Middle section of river Guadalquivir reservoirs. Downloaded from
http://www.birdlife.org on 10/08/2022.