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Location Spain, País Valenciano
Central coordinates 0o 12.00' East  40o 14.00' North
IBA criteria A1, A4i, B1i, B2, C1, C2, C6
Area 860 ha
Altitude 0 - 10m
Year of IBA assessment 2000


Site description A coastal marshland, flooded in winter, with emergent vegetation (Phragmites, Typha, Cladium), meadows with halophytic vegetation and areas of shingle and sand-dunes.

Key Biodiversity This is an important site for breeding herons and Glareola pratincola.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Ixobrychus minutus breeding  1996  20-26 breeding pairs  medium  C6  Not Recognised 
Purple Heron Ardea purpurea breeding  1996  6 breeding pairs  good  C6  Least Concern 
Montagu's Harrier Circus pygargus breeding  1996  32-34 breeding pairs  good  C6  Least Concern 
Collared Pratincole Glareola pratincola breeding  1996  63-90 breeding pairs  good  A4i, B1i, B2, C2, C6  Least Concern 
Audouin's Gull Larus audouinii passage  1997  30-120 individuals  good  A1, C1  Least Concern 
Moustached Warbler Acrocephalus melanopogon resident  1997  400 breeding pairs  medium  C2, C6  Least Concern 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Prat de Cabanes - Torreblanca Nature Park 812 protected area contained by site 812  
Prat de Cabanes - Torreblanca Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar) 812 protected area contained by site 812  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Wetlands (inland) Standing freshwater; Water fringe vegetation  -
Artificial - terrestrial Perennial crops, orchards and groves  10%
Coastline Shingle & stony beaches  -

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture 10%
hunting 90%
urban/industrial/transport -

Protection status National High International High812 ha of IBA covered by Natural Park (Prat de Cabanes-Torreblanca, 812 ha). 812 ha of IBA covered by Ramsar Site (Prat de Cabanes-Torreblanca, 812 ha). 860 ha of IBA covered by Special Protection Area (Prat de Cabanes-Torreblanca, 860 ha).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Prat de Cabanes-Torreblanca. Downloaded from on 25/10/2016

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