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The Embut Wetland and the Illa de Mar Wetland are two purification wetlands of the Ebro Delta built by ACUAMED (Ministry for Ecological Transition) and managed by AQUAMBIENTE (SUEZ Spain group) that have become, since its formation, in privileged spaces for the shelter, feeding and nesting of many water birds.

Stands out the formation of important breeding colonies of herons and Glossy ibis, where it has been possible to verify the reproduction of more than 1,000 couples (year 2018) of species such as the Glossy ibis, the Little egret, the Bubulcus ibis, the Squacco heron, the Little bittern, the Night heron, the Grey heron, the Purple heron and the Great egret.

During the autumnal migratory passage, their reeds become great swallows roosts, and they can accommodate up to 15,000 individuals of Glossy ibis. In winter, they become strategic refuges of species such as the Western marsh harrier.

These newly formed spaces are actively participating in the preservation of the biodiversity of the whole Ebro Delta. In addition, they contribute to the improvement of the quality of the water that comes from rice cultivation because it is poured into the natural water bodies of the Delta. They are, therefore, clear examples of green infrastructure.

In this edition of the Delta Birding Festival you have the opportunity to enjoy these wetlands through various activities and guided tours.


Author: Ricard Losarcos