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Location Spain, Andalucía
Central coordinates 7o 9.00' West  37o 14.00' North
IBA criteria B1i, B2, C2
Area 3,120 ha
Altitude 0 - 20m
Year of IBA assessment 2000


Site description The site includes a 12-km-long sandbank, productive sandflats and an estuarine area. The main human activities include fisheries and tourism.

Key Biodiversity This is an important area for wintering waders.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Eurasian Spoonbill Platalea leucorodia non-breeding  1994  34 individuals  medium  B1i, C2  Least Concern 
Charadrius alexandrinus resident  1994  50-100 breeding pairs  medium  B2  Not Recognised 
Dunlin Calidris alpina winter  1994  1,500 individuals  medium  B2  Least Concern 
Little Tern Sternula albifrons breeding  1994  20-30 breeding pairs  medium  C2  Least Concern 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Marismas del Rio Piedras y Flecha del Rompido Nature Area 2,530 protected area contained by site 2,530  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Native coniferous woodland  10%
Shrubland Scrub  10%
Wetlands (inland) Water fringe vegetation  -
Sea Sea inlets and coastal features  50%
Coastline Mud flats & sand flats; Sand dunes & beaches; Tidal rivers & enclosed tidal waters  -

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
fisheries/aquaculture 60%
tourism/recreation 20%

Protection status National Partial International None2,530 ha of IBA covered by Natural Landscape (Marismas del Rio Piedras y Flecha del Rompido, 2,530 ha).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: River Piedras marshes and Rompido sandbank. Downloaded from on 25/10/2016

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