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Location Spain, Galicia
Central coordinates 8o 51.00' West  42o 28.00' North
IBA criteria B1i, B2, C2
Area 2,561 ha
Altitude 0 - 50m
Year of IBA assessment 2000


Site description A small harbour to the south of the Ría de Arosa, with large intertidal mudflats and sandbanks. Human activities include fishing, shellfish collecting and tourism.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Eurasian Spoonbill Platalea leucorodia passage  1994  34 individuals  good  B1i, C2  Least Concern 
Dunlin Calidris alpina winter  1994  4,267 individuals  good  B2  Least Concern 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Complejo intermareal Umia-Grove Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar) 2,561 protected area contained by site 2,561  
Complexo intermareal Umia - O Grove, A Lanzada, punta Carreirón e lagoa Bodeira - ES0000087 Birds Directive 2,812 protected area overlaps with site 2,220  
Complexo Ons - O Grove - ES1140004 Habitats Directive 7,507 protected area overlaps with site 2,233  

Local conservation groups The local conservation groups below are working to support conservation at this IBA.

Name Year formed
Colectivo Ecoloxista do Salnés 0
SEO/Pontevedra 0


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Coastline Lagoons; Mud flats & sand flats; Sand dunes & beaches; Tidal rivers & enclosed tidal waters  50%
Sea Sea inlets and coastal features  40%
Artificial - terrestrial Arable land; Forestry plantations  10%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
fisheries/aquaculture 30%
tourism/recreation 5%
agriculture 5%
not utilised 60%

Protection status National None International High2,420 ha of IBA covered by Ramsar Site (Complejo intermareal Umia-Grove, 2,420 ha). 2,420 ha of IBA covered by Special Protection Area (Complejo intermareal Umia-O Grove, La Lanzada, Pun, 2,420 ha).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Ría de Arosa (O Grove) estuary. Downloaded from on 02/10/2014

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