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Location Portugal, Algarve
Central coordinates 8o 8.00' West  37o 5.00' North
IBA criteria C6
Area 271 ha
Altitude 1 - 12m
Year of IBA assessment 2002

Sociedade Portuguesa para o Estudo das Aves

Site description Site located in the left margin of final branch of the River Quarteira. It is integrated in undertaking of Vilamoura and essencially composed of agriculture-land, cultivations and wetland.In the south and west, the area is limited for agriculture-land and pine-forest; in the north is limited for golf course and in the east for urbanizations.

Key Biodiversity Important site for Porphyrio porphyrio, there are 20 birds during reproductive season and about 7/12 breeding pairs.High number of herons, a dormitory of------------------- and the habitual breeding Ardea purpurea and Ixobrychus minutus.During the migration are-----------, Falco peregrinum and important number of transaharian passerines.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Ferruginous Duck Aythya nyroca winter  2002  2-3 individuals  good  C6  Near Threatened 
Ixobrychus minutus breeding  2002  common  C6  Not Recognised 
Purple Heron Ardea purpurea breeding  2002  5 breeding pairs  good  C6  Least Concern 
Western Marsh-harrier Circus aeruginosus winter  2002  10-15 individuals  medium  C6  Least Concern 
Purple Swamphen Porphyrio porphyrio resident  2002  7-12 breeding pairs  good  C6  Least Concern 

IBA Monitoring

2014 high not assessed negligible

Residential and commercial development tourism and recreation areas happening now majority/most of area/population (50-90%) moderate to rapid deterioration high

Little/none of site covered (<10%)  Not assessed  Not assessed  negligible 


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Wetlands (inland) Rivers and streams; Water fringe vegetation  -
Artificial - terrestrial Arable land; Other urban and industrial areas; Perennial crops, orchards and groves  -

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture -
tourism/recreation -
nature conservation and research -
urban/industrial/transport -

Protection status National:NoneInternational:None

References NOA(1995)Pinto (2000)Trindade (2000)

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Vilamoura. Downloaded from on 21/10/2016

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