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Ria de Aveiro
8o 40.00' West 40o 42.00' North
A4i, A4iii, B1i, B2, B3, C2, C3, C4, C6
0 - 79m
Year of IBA assessment
Sociedade Portuguesa para o Estudo das Aves
Site description This site, located in the west and north-west of Portugal, includes a large estuarine area, salinas, freshwater marshes and alluvial forest associated with the River Vouga and its main tributaries, and shallower coastal waters offshore (to a depth of 20 m).
Key Biodiversity The site holds 20,000 or more wintering waterbirds on a regular basis, with important congregations of sea-duck offshore (Melanitta nigra) and waders on the intertidal flats (notably Calidris alpina). The freshwater marshes and estuarine areas support important breeding numbers of several waterbirds.
Protection statusNational 681 ha of IBA covered by Nature Reserve (Dunas de S. Jacinto, 681 ha). 51378 ha of IBA covered by Special Protection Area (Ria de Aveiro, 52,720 ha).International Special Protection Area Ria de Aveiro,
References Rosa et al.(2001c, in press)
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