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Urdaibai - Matxitxako
Spain, País Vasco
2o 41.00' West 43o 22.00' North
B1i, C2, C6
0 - 50m
Year of IBA assessment
Site description A deep estuary with some remnant brackish marshes, extensive mudflats and sandbanks. There is a small rocky islet at the mouth of the estuary and a large coastal cliff in the west of the area.
Key Biodiversity This is an important site for passage and wintering waders and Platalea leucorodia and resident seabirds.
Protection statusNational None International Partial945 ha of IBA covered by Ramsar Site (Ría de Mundaka-Guernika, 945 ha). 1,020 ha of IBA covered by Biosphere Reserve (Urdaibai, 23,000 ha). 1,020 ha of IBA covered by Special Protection Area (Urdaibai, 23,000 ha).
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