Llobregat delta

Year of compilation: 2000

Site description
The site includes several small wetlands and lagoons close to Barcelona. Also included are sand-dunes covered by Pinus woodland, an area of shoreline and areas of cultivation.

Key biodiversity
This is an important area for breeding, wintering and passage seabirds and other waterbirds. Species of global conservation concern that do not meet IBA criteria: Aythya nyroca (2-5 wintering individuals) and Larus audouinii (8 wintering individuals).

Pressure/threats to key biodiversity
The main threat to the site is from a large development plan for the delta which would mean extension of the airport, enlargement of the harbour and many associated infrastructural developments. Feral cats and water pollution from agricultural chemicals are further threats.

Protected areas
National Partial International Partial110 ha of IBA covered by Natural Reserve (El Remolar-Filipines, 110 ha). 177 ha of IBA covered by Natural Reserve (La Ricarda-Ca l'Arana, 177 ha). 573 ha of IBA covered by Special Protection Area (Delta del Llobregat, 573 ha).

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2021) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Llobregat delta. Downloaded from on 15/04/2021.