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Location Spain, Andalucía
Central coordinates 4o 27.00' West  36o 37.00' North
IBA criteria A1, A4i, B1i, C1, C2, C6
Area 125 ha
Altitude 0 - 5m
Year of IBA assessment 2000


Site description An alluvial plain with artificial salt and freshwater lagoons, a sand beach, reedbeds (Phragmites) and Tamarix scrub. Inland the site is mainly covered by irrigated crops and riverine forest.

Key Biodiversity This is an important passage site for seabirds and other waterbirds.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Black Stork Ciconia nigra passage  1997  20 individuals  medium  B1i, C2  Least Concern 
Ixobrychus minutus breeding  1996  6 breeding pairs  good  C6  Not Recognised 
Audouin's Gull Larus audouinii passage  1996  227-412 individuals  good  A1, A4i, B1i, C1, C2  Least Concern 


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Alluvial and very wet forest  5%
Shrubland Scrub  5%
Grassland Humid grasslands; Mesophile grasslands  10%
Wetlands (inland) Rivers and streams; Standing brackish and salt water; Standing freshwater; Water fringe vegetation  25%
Artificial - terrestrial Arable land; Forestry plantations  55%
Coastline Lagoons; Sand dunes & beaches  -

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture 55%

Protection status National Partial International None67 ha of IBA covered by Natural Landscape (Desembocadura del Guadalhorce, 67 ha).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Mouth of the river Guadalhorce. Downloaded from on 26/10/2016

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