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Location Spain, Galicia
Central coordinates 7o 52.00' West  43o 40.00' North
IBA criteria B2, C7
Area 90,020 ha
Altitude 0 - 613m
Year of IBA assessment 2000

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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.

Key Biodiversity This is an important site for breeding seabirds and passage and wintering waders.

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 

IBA Monitoring

2008 high not assessed low
  unset
Poor - based on little, or potentially unreliable/unrepresentative, data

Agriculture and aquaculture marine and freshwater aquaculture - industrial aquaculture happening now some of area/population (10-49%) slow but significant deterioration medium
Agriculture and aquaculture marine and freshwater aquaculture - subsistence/artisinal aquaculture happening now some of area/population (10-49%) no or imperceptible deterioration low
Energy production and mining mining and quarrying happening now some of area/population (10-49%) moderate to rapid deterioration high
Energy production and mining renewable energy happening now some of area/population (10-49%) moderate to rapid deterioration high
Human intrusions and disturbance recreational activities happening now some of area/population (10-49%) slow but significant deterioration medium
Pollution domestic & urban waste water - type unknown/unrecorded happening now some of area/population (10-49%) moderate to rapid deterioration high

Some of site covered (10-49%)  Not assessed  Substantive conservation measures are being implemented but these are not comprehensive and are limited by resources and capacity  low 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Rias de Ortigueira y Ladrido Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar) 2,920 protected area contained by site 2,920  

Habitats

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 (2015) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Cape Candelaria-Ortigueira estuary-Cape Estaca de Bares. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 27/08/2015

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