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Location Spain, Galicia
Central coordinates 7o 52.00' West  43o 40.00' North
IBA criteria B2, C7
Area 6,700 ha
Altitude 0 - 613m
Year of IBA assessment 2000


Site description An estuary between Cape Ortegal and the Estaca de Bares. It includes marine areas, wide intertidal mudflats, a belt of halophytic vegetation, and some islets.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Bar-tailed Godwit Limosa lapponica winter  1995  125 individuals  good  B2  Least Concern 
Eurasian Curlew Numenius arquata winter  1995  536 individuals  good  B2  Near Threatened 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Costa Ártabra - ES1110002 Habitats Directive 7,659 protected area overlaps with site 732  
Estaca de Bares Natural Site of National Interest 1 protected area contained by site 1  
Estaca de Bares - ES1110010 Habitats Directive 936 protected area contained by site 936  
Ortigueira - Mera - ES1110001 Habitats Directive 3,795 protected area overlaps with site 975  
R Birds Directive 3,025 protected area contained by site 3,025  
Rias de Ortigueira y Ladrido Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar) 2,920 protected area contained by site 2,920  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Shrubland   25%
Sea Open Sea; Sea inlets and coastal features  5%
Coastline Mud flats & sand flats; Rock stacks and islets; Sand dunes & beaches; Sea cliffs and rocky shores; Tidal rivers & enclosed tidal waters  20%
Artificial - terrestrial Arable land; Forestry plantations; Highly improved re-seeded landscapes; Perennial crops, orchards and groves  50%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
fisheries/aquaculture -
forestry 26%
hunting -
tourism/recreation -
agriculture 26%

Protection status National Low International Partial1 ha of IBA covered by Natural Site of National Interest (Estaca de Bares, 1 ha). 2,920 ha of IBA covered by Ramsar Site (Rias de Ortigueira y Ladrido, 2,920 ha). 2,940 ha of IBA covered by Special Protection Area (Ría de Ortigueira y Ladrido, 2,940 ha).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Cape Candelaria-Ortigueira estuary-Cape Estaca de Bares. Downloaded from on 23/09/2014

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