The site comprises the town of Mérida, its surrounding area and nearby reservoirs. There is a mosaic of habitats with arable cultivation, olive-groves, dehesas, Quercus woodland, and alluvial vegetation. The area is used for grazing and hunting.
This is an important site for breeding and wintering herons.
BirdLife International (2020) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Mérida-Montijo reservoir. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 27/09/2020.