Tablas de Daimiel marshes; 'Vicario' and 'Gasset' reservoirs and Malagón lakes

Year of compilation: 2000

Site description
A group of wetlands to the north of the Ciudad Real, comprising the flood-plain of the River Guadiana, two reservoirs, and two small endorreic lagoons. Arable cultivation surrounds the wetlands.

Key biodiversity
This is an important site for breeding herons and breeding and wintering ducks. Species of global conservation concern that do not meet IBA criteria: Aythya nyroca (breeding) and Oxyura leucocephala (wintering).

Pressure/threats to key biodiversity
Over-exploitation of water for agriculture has caused the flood-plain area to dry out. Further threats come from intensification of agriculture, canalization of rivers and droughts.

Protected areas
National Low International Partial1,928 ha of IBA covered by National Park (Tablas de Daimiel, 1,928 ha). 318 ha of IBA covered by Integral Nature Reserve (Las Tablas de Daimiel, 318 ha). 25,000 ha of IBA covered by Biosphere Reserve (La Mancha Húmeda, 25,000 ha). 1,928 ha of IBA covered by Ramsar Site (Las Tablas de Daimiel, 1,928 ha). 1,928 ha of IBA covered by Special Protection Area (Tablas de Daimiel, 1,928 ha).

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2020) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Tablas de Daimiel marshes; 'Vicario' and 'Gasset' reservoirs and Malagón lakes. Downloaded from on 10/07/2020.