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Location Spain, Murcia
Central coordinates 1o 25.00' West  37o 45.00' North
IBA criteria C6
Area 6,800 ha
Altitude 100 - 193m
Year of IBA assessment 2000

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Site description Wide plains both sides of the River Guadalentín with ravines, saltmarshes and small expanses of unploughed saline ground. There are also orchards, areas of cereal cultivation and almond-groves.

Key Biodiversity This is an important area for breeding steppe birds, although numbers are declining. Species of global conservation concern that do not meet IBA criteria: Marmaronetta angustirostris (2-7 passage individuals) and Falco naumanni (1-5 passage individuals).

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Little Bustard Tetrax tetrax breeding  1995  6-58 breeding pairs  good  C6  Near Threatened 
Burhinus oedicnemus resident  1995  37 breeding pairs  good  C6  Not Recognised 
Himantopus himantopus breeding  1995  52 breeding pairs  good  C6  Not Recognised 
Black-bellied Sandgrouse Pterocles orientalis resident  1995  23-30 breeding pairs  good  C6  Least Concern 
European Roller Coracias garrulus breeding  1994  15-25 breeding pairs  medium  C6  Near Threatened 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Saladares del Guadalent Habitats Directive 2,035 protected area overlaps with site 2,010  
SALADARES DEL GUADALENTIN - ES0000268 Birds Directive 3,016 protected area overlaps with site 2,873  

Habitats

IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Shrubland Sclerophyllous scrub, garrigue and maquis  10%
Grassland Humid grasslands; Steppes and dry calcareous grassland  20%
Wetlands (inland) Standing brackish and salt water; Water fringe vegetation  5%
Artificial - terrestrial Arable land; Forestry plantations; Other urban and industrial areas; Perennial crops, orchards and groves; Ruderal land  65%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture 60%
hunting 80%
military 30%
urban/industrial/transport 10%
water management -

Protection status National None International None

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Guadalentín saltmarshes. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 24/11/2014

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