Estuário do Sado

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Estuário do Sado

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  • Area: 
    25,588 ha
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  • Coordinates: 
    38°27'N 08°43'W
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Estuário do Sado. 08/05/96; Regiao Alentejo; 25,588 ha; 38°27'N 008°43'W. Special Protection Area EC Directive; Nature Reserve. An estuarine area separated from the sea by dunes and dominated by sand and mudflats exposed at low tide. The site includes vast saltmarshes and reedbeds. The area supports an extremely important fauna including migratory waders and other waterbirds -- herons and flamingos (Phoenicopterus ruber) -- many passerine species, mammals (otter Lutra lutra, the wildcat Felis sylvestris), and a resident population of the common bottlenose dolphin Tursiops truncatus. Human activities include salt production, commercial fish farming, rice cultivation, cattle raising, hunting, and tourism. Ramsar site no. 826. Most recent RIS information: 1993.

Administrative region: 
Regiao Alentejo

  • National legal designation: 
    • Nature Reserve
  • Regional (international) legal designations: 
    • EU Natura 2000
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