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Location Spain, Navarra
Central coordinates 2o 24.00' West  42o 29.00' North
IBA criteria A4i, B1i, B2, C2, C6
Area 101 ha
Altitude 370 m
Year of IBA assessment 2000


Site description An irrigation pond on the River Ebro close to Logroño, with surrounding marshy vegetation (Typha, Phragmites) and small patches of Tamarix scrub. The surrounding areas are used for vine and cereal cultivation and there is an industrial zone.

Key Biodiversity The site is particularly important for breeding herons.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Black-crowned Night-heron Nycticorax nycticorax breeding  1994  470 breeding pairs  good  A4i, B1i, B2, C2, C6  Least Concern 
Purple Heron Ardea purpurea breeding  1994  52 breeding pairs  good  C2, C6  Least Concern 
Egretta garzetta resident  1994  4-11 breeding pairs  good  C6  Not Recognised 
Western Marsh-harrier Circus aeruginosus breeding  1994  5 breeding pairs  good  C6  Least Concern 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Embalse de El Salobre o de Las Cañas Natural Reserve 101 protected area contained by site 101  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Wetlands (inland) Standing brackish and salt water; Water fringe vegetation  100%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
nature conservation and research 100%
water management 100%

Protection status National High International High101 ha of IBA covered by Natural Reserve (Embalse de El Salobre o de Las Cañas, 101 ha). 101 ha of IBA covered by Special Protection Area (Embalse de Las Cañas, 101 ha).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Las Cañas lake. Downloaded from on 25/10/2016

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