Mar Menor coastal lagoon This is an IBA in danger! 

Country/territory: Spain

IBA Criteria met: A1, B1i, B2, C1, C2, C6 (2011)
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Area: 15,413 ha

Most recent IBA monitoring assessment
Year of assessment Threat score (pressure) Condition score (state) Action score (response)
2017 very high very unfavourable low
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Site description
A large saline coastal lagoon connected to the sea by three channels. There are several areas of saltpans surrounded by reedbeds (Phragmites) and saltmarshes.

Key biodiversity
This is an important site for breeding and wintering ducks, waders and seabirds. Species of global conservation concern that do not meet IBA criteria: Marmaronetta angustirostris (wintering).

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Mar Menor coastal lagoon. Downloaded from on 30/01/2023.