Middle section of river Guadalquivir reservoirs

Year of compilation: 2000

Site description
A group of three shallow reservoirs with abundant emergent vegetation and reedbeds (Phragmites). An area of riverine forest remains. The surrounds are dominated by arable cultivation and olive-groves.

Key biodiversity
This is an important site for breeding, passage and wintering waterbirds, particularly breeding Porphyrio porphyrio, and also for non-breeding Milvus migrans. Species of global conservation concern that do not meet IBA criteria: Oxyura leucocephala (3-5 passage individuals).

Pressure/threats to key biodiversity
The main threats are from sedimentation and the possible construction of a larger dam which would destroy the area.

Protected areas
National High International None663 ha of IBA covered by Natural Landscape (Alto Guadalquivir, 663 ha).

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2022) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Middle section of river Guadalquivir reservoirs. Downloaded from on 13/08/2022.