Prat de Cabanes-Torreblanca

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Prat de Cabanes-Torreblanca. Lagunas y carrizal 1
Prat de Cabanes-Torreblanca. Lagunas y carrizal 2

Prat de Cabanes-Torreblanca

  • Country: 
    Spain
  • Site number: 
    458
  • Area: 
    848.2 ha
  • Designation date: 
    05-12-1989
  • Coordinates: 
    40°10'N 00°11'E
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Overview

Prat de Cabanes-Torreblanca is a representative example of the marshes found along the Valencian gulf on the Mediterranean coast. It formed through long-term sedimentation that led to the growth of a shoreline belt of sand and gravel which slowly isolated it from the sea. The Site is comprised of the shoreline belt, a marsh area with temporary and permanent waters, and alluvial fans. Fresh groundwater and seawater mix in the marsh, providing a variety of salinity levels within the wetland. Six wetland plant species found in the area are threatened, and three of these are endemic. Threatened endemic animal species are also present, including the endangered Spanish killifish or fartet (Aphanius Iberus) and the critically endangered Valencia toothcarp or samaruc (Valencia hispanica). Furthermore, four of its habitats are listed as priority in the EU Habitats directive, two of which are in excellent conservation status. Human activities include agriculture, livestock grazing, commercial peat extraction, hunting, tourism and recreation. The Site with its two visitor centres plays an important role in conservation education.

Administrative region: 
Comunitat Valenciana

  • National legal designation: 
    • Parque Natural
    • Microrreserva de flora
    • Microrreserva de flora
    • Humedal del Catálogo de Zonas Húmedas de la Comunitat Valenciana
    • Humedal del Inventario Español de Zonas Húmedas
  • Regional (international) legal designations: 
    • EU Natura 2000
  • Last publication date: 
    14-07-2020