Barrinha de Esmoriz/Lagoa de Paramos

Country/territory: Portugal

IBA Criteria met: C6 (2002)
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Area: 396 ha

Sociedade Portuguesa para o Estudo das Aves
Most recent IBA monitoring assessment
Year of assessment Threat score (pressure) Condition score (state) Action score (response)
2005 low not assessed not assessed
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Site description
Coastal lagoon communicated with Atlantic Ocean by a canal and rounded by well-developed riparian vegetation and mud flats. The area is fed by two rivers: the ditch Silvalde, whose mouth is at the north-bank of the lagoon, and the ditch Maceda, that dischargues at the south-bank. The two ditches form the central part of the lagoon, that is bounded by a litoral dune string. At Barrinha de Esmoriz's surrounding area, there are pine-woods (at South), humid/ripariam forests (at East and South), sand-dunes and beaches (at West), agricultural landscapes (at North, East and South), a plateau with crawling and shrubby vegetation (at North) and buildings (at North, East and South).

Key biodiversity
Barrinha de Esmoriz/Lagoa de Paramos is the main humid zone at portuguese north litoral, between Ria de Aveiro and River Minho Estuary. Besides species in the table, is to relate the breeding of Charadrius alexandrinus, and the reedbed passerines: Acrocephalus arundinaceus and A. scipaceus. Barrinha is also very important to passerines in autumn passage.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Barrinha de Esmoriz/Lagoa de Paramos. Downloaded from on 09/02/2023.