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Natural Marshlands of Isla Cristina

Natural Parks in Andalusia

Natural Marshlands of Isla Cristina

The Natural Marshlands of Isla Cristina occupies an area of 2145 hectares and includes part of the municipalities of Ayamonte and Isla Cristina. It is located southwest of Huelva Province, bordering Portugal.

It can be defined as a marsh space framed between the mouth of the Guadiana River and the Carreras River; to the south, the Atlantic Ocean.

The Isla Cristina Marshes are a protected area and were declared a Natural Park on 18th July 1989.  They are also a Special Protection for Birds (SPA) and proposed as a Site of Community Importance (SCI).

The tidal dynamics, along with the high biomass and the traditional fishing activities, like the fisheries and the salt beds, make it an ideal place for bird watching. About 140 species, 40 of wich are listed in Annex I of the Directive 79/409/EEC- relating to the conservation of wild birds, use the marshes as an area of passage, wintering and breeding.

In addition to bird watching, we can discover and learn about sustainable traditional activities that jointly function and favour the existence of the faunistic richness. For instance, the traditional salt beds, which are very rich in invertebrates such as Artemia Salina (brine shprimp) due to the high salt concentration in the water in its various processes. Also the totally ecological porcess of obtaining common sea salt, as well as the Flower of Salt and other highly valued culinary varieties of salt. Another activity is the extensive squaculture. The larg amounts of fish species in the fishery ponds make it the favorite feeding grounds for diving and fishing birds, as well as other species.


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