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Location Spain, País Valenciano
Central coordinates 0o 14.00' West  39o 46.00' North
IBA criteria A4i, B1i, B2, C2, C3, C6
Area 3,000 ha
Altitude 0 - 10m
Year of IBA assessment 2000

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Site description Formerly an area of marshland with only a few lagoons remaining. The main human activities are arable cultivation and hunting.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Red-crested Pochard Netta rufina winter  1997  26-2,600 individuals  good  A4i, B1i, C3  Least Concern 
Cattle Egret Bubulcus ibis winter  1997  599-2,026 individuals  good  B1i, C3  Least Concern 
Himantopus himantopus breeding  1996  156 breeding pairs  good  B1i, C2  Not Recognised 
Charadrius alexandrinus resident  1996  59 breeding pairs  good  B2  Not Recognised 
Collared Pratincole Glareola pratincola breeding  1996  12 breeding pairs  good  C6  Least Concern 
Whiskered Tern Chlidonias hybrida breeding  1996  35 breeding pairs  good  C6  Least Concern 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Alguers de Borriana-Nules-Moncofa - ES5222007 Habitats Directive 4,082 protected area is adjacent to site 0  
Marjal d'Almenara - ES5223007 Habitats Directive 1,497 protected area contained by site 1,497  
Marjal i Estanys d'Almenara - ES0000450 Birds Directive 1,487 protected area contained by site 1,487  
Platja de Moncofa - ES5222006 Habitats Directive 1 protected area contained by site 1  

Habitats

IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Grassland Humid grasslands  15%
Wetlands (inland) Water fringe vegetation  -
Artificial - terrestrial Arable land; Perennial crops, orchards and groves  60%
Coastline Lagoons; Sand dunes & beaches; Shingle & stony beaches  -

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture 60%
hunting 80%
urban/industrial/transport 10%

Protection status National None International None

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Almenara marshes. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 21/08/2014

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