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Location Spain, Castilla-La Mancha
Central coordinates 3o 45.00' West  39o 0.00' North
IBA criteria A4i, B1i, B2, C2, C3, C6
Area 31,500 ha
Altitude 600 - 800m
Year of IBA assessment 2000


Site description A group of wetlands to the north of the Ciudad Real, comprising the flood-plain of the River Guadiana, two reservoirs, and two small endorreic lagoons. Arable cultivation surrounds the wetlands.

Key Biodiversity This is an important site for breeding herons and breeding and wintering ducks. Species of global conservation concern that do not meet IBA criteria: Aythya nyroca (breeding) and Oxyura leucocephala (wintering).

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Gadwall Mareca strepera winter  1997  712-2,010 individuals  good  A4i, B1i, C3  Least Concern 
Gadwall Mareca strepera breeding  1996  63 breeding pairs  good  B2  Least Concern 
Mallard Anas platyrhynchos winter  1997  1,061-21,275 individuals  good  B1i, C3  Least Concern 
Red-crested Pochard Netta rufina winter  1997  276-5,365 individuals  good  A4i, B1i, C3  Least Concern 
Red-crested Pochard Netta rufina breeding  1996  237-1,150 breeding pairs  good  A4i, B1i, B2, C3  Least Concern 
White-headed Duck Oxyura leucocephala breeding  1996  2 breeding pairs  good  B2  Endangered 
Ixobrychus minutus breeding  1996  19 breeding pairs  good  C6  Not Recognised 
Black-crowned Night-heron Nycticorax nycticorax breeding  1996  30 breeding pairs  good  C6  Least Concern 
Squacco Heron Ardeola ralloides breeding  1996  4 breeding pairs  good  C6  Least Concern 
Purple Heron Ardea purpurea breeding  1996  88 breeding pairs  good  B2, C2, C6  Least Concern 
Western Marsh-harrier Circus aeruginosus breeding  1992  5 breeding pairs  poor  C6  Least Concern 
Himantopus himantopus breeding  1997  110-210 breeding pairs  good  B1i, C2, C6  Not Recognised 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Las Tablas de Daimiel Integral Nature Reserve 318 protected area contained by site 318  
Las Tablas de Daimiel Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar) 1,928 protected area contained by site 1,928  
Reserva de la Biósfera de la Mancha Húmeda UNESCO-MAB Biosphere Reserve 25,000 protected area contained by site 25,000  
Tablas de Daimiel National Park 1,928 protected area contained by site 1,928  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Broadleaved evergreen woodland  -
Wetlands (inland) Rivers and streams; Standing freshwater; Water fringe vegetation  26%
Artificial - terrestrial Arable land; Forestry plantations; Perennial crops, orchards and groves  70%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture 70%
nature conservation and research 10%
water management 26%

Protection status National Low International Partial1,928 ha of IBA covered by National Park (Tablas de Daimiel, 1,928 ha). 318 ha of IBA covered by Integral Nature Reserve (Las Tablas de Daimiel, 318 ha). 25,000 ha of IBA covered by Biosphere Reserve (La Mancha Húmeda, 25,000 ha). 1,928 ha of IBA covered by Ramsar Site (Las Tablas de Daimiel, 1,928 ha). 1,928 ha of IBA covered by Special Protection Area (Tablas de Daimiel, 1,928 ha).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Tablas de Daimiel marshes; 'Vicario' and 'Gasset' reservoirs and Malagón lakes. Downloaded from on 23/10/2016

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