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Location Spain, Cataluña
Central coordinates 2o 8.00' East  41o 16.00' North
IBA criteria A1, A4i, A4ii, B1i, B1ii, B2, C1, C2, C3, C6
Area 2,200 ha
Altitude 0 - 10m
Year of IBA assessment 2007


Site description The site includes several small wetlands and lagoons close to Barcelona. Also included are sand-dunes covered by Pinus woodland, an area of shoreline and areas of cultivation.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Balearic Shearwater Puffinus mauretanicus winter  1996  2,000-7,080 individuals  good  A1, A4ii, B1ii, C1, C2  Critically Endangered 
Ixobrychus minutus breeding  1996  22-25 breeding pairs  good  C6  Not Recognised 
Western Marsh-harrier Circus aeruginosus resident  1995  1-2 breeding pairs  good  C6  Least Concern 
Little Crake Zapornia parva resident  1995  1 breeding pairs  poor  C6  Least Concern 
Baillon's Crake Zapornia pusilla resident  1996  5 breeding pairs  poor  C6  Least Concern 
Himantopus himantopus breeding  1996  42-45 breeding pairs  good  C6  Not Recognised 
Charadrius alexandrinus resident  1996  68-101 breeding pairs  good  B2  Not Recognised 
Jack Snipe Lymnocryptes minimus winter  1996  20 individuals  B2  Least Concern 
Larus michahellis winter  1996  4,451 individuals  good  A4i, B1i, C3  Not Recognised 
Audouin's Gull Larus audouinii passage  1996  200-400 individuals  good  A1, A4i, B1i, C1, C2  Near Threatened 
Mediterranean Gull Larus melanocephalus winter  1996  10,343 individuals  good  A4i, B1i, C2  Least Concern 
Little Gull Hydrocoloeus minutus passage  1996  1,000-3,000 individuals  medium  A4i, B1i, C3  Least Concern 
Sandwich Tern Thalasseus sandvicensis winter  1996  107-223 individuals  good  C2  Least Concern 
Black Tern Chlidonias niger passage  1996  500-2,000 individuals  medium  A4i, B1i, C2  Least Concern 
Moustached Warbler Acrocephalus melanopogon resident  present  C6  Least Concern 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Delta del Llobregat - ES0000146 Birds Directive 923 protected area overlaps with site 836  
El Remolar--Filipines Natural Reserve 110 protected area contained by site 110  
La Ricarda--Ca l'Arana Natural Reserve 177 protected area contained by site 177  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Alluvial and very wet forest; Native coniferous woodland  5%
Wetlands (inland) Rivers and streams; Standing brackish and salt water; Water fringe vegetation  -
Sea Open Sea; Sea inlets and coastal features  -
Artificial - terrestrial Arable land; Other urban and industrial areas; Ruderal land  65%
Coastline Lagoons; Sand dunes & beaches  -

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture 40%
nature conservation and research 10%
tourism/recreation 10%
urban/industrial/transport 15%
forestry 10%
not utilised 10%

Protection status National Partial International Partial110 ha of IBA covered by Natural Reserve (El Remolar-Filipines, 110 ha). 177 ha of IBA covered by Natural Reserve (La Ricarda-Ca l'Arana, 177 ha). 573 ha of IBA covered by Special Protection Area (Delta del Llobregat, 573 ha).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Llobregat delta. Downloaded from on 20/09/2014

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