El Moro marshes

Year of compilation: 2000

Site description
A small wetland with abundant water-fringe vegetation. Formerly a coastal lagoon, the site now contains salt and freshwater marshes, rice-fields and reedbeds (Phragmites).

Key biodiversity
An important area for breeding herons, ducks and waders.

Pressure/threats to key biodiversity
Industrial development, drainage, dumping and the use of pesticides are the most important threat to the marsh. Illegal hunting and recreational activities also cause disturbance. Ten percent of the site is a controlled hunting area.

Protected areas
National None International High350 ha of IBA covered by Special Protection Area (Marjal del Moro, 350 ha).

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2022) Important Bird Areas factsheet: El Moro marshes. Downloaded from on 27/11/2022.