Lagunas de la Mata y Torrevieja

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Lagunas de la Mata y Torrevieja

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  • Area: 
    3,693 ha
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  • Coordinates: 
    38°00'N 00°42'E
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Lagunas de la Mata y Torrevieja. 05/12/89; Comunidad Valenciana; 3,693 ha; 38°00'N 000°42'W. Special Protection Area EC Directive; Natural Park, Hunting Reserve. Two large, saline lagoons lying below sea level and connected to the sea by an artificial channel. Vegetation consists of several endemic plants, fringing reedbeds and open areas of salt-resistant vegetation giving way to scrub. The site is of particular importance for various species of wintering and nesting waterbirds, notably Podiceps nigricollis (maximum may exceed 3,000), Anas clypeata, and Netta rufina. Up to 2,000 non-breeding Phoenicopterus ruber may occur. The site is used as a concentration area for commercial salt works. Management difficulties include illegal refuse disposal and unregulated tourism and recreation. Ramsar site no. 456. Most recent RIS information: 1999.

Administrative region: 
Comunidad Valenciana

  • National legal designation: 
    • natural park
    • hunting reserve
  • Regional (international) legal designations: 
    • EU Natura 2000
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