Wetlands of western Almería

Country/territory: Spain

IBA Criteria met: A1, A4i, B1i, B2, C1, C2, C3, C6 (2011)
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Area: 3,000 ha

Protection status:


Site description
A group of five wetlands south-west of the city of Almería. The site includes a coastal strip 15 km long, to the south of Roquetas del Mar, with a sand beach, sand-dunes and large seasonal lagoons with sparse halophytic vegetation and reedbeds (Phragmites). Saltpans occupy 450 ha.

Key biodiversity
This is an important site for breeding, passage and wintering waterbirds. Species of global conservation concern that do not meet IBA criteria: Marmaronetta angustirostris (9 wintering individuals).

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2021) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Wetlands of western Almería. Downloaded from on 02/03/2021.