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Marshes of Betanzos

The Marshes of Betanzos cover the area from the mouth of the Mandeo and Mer rivers to the bridge of O Pedrido, shaping a wide wetland with ample mud areas that are flooded by the changes of high and low tides.

Description: Havig wide junks plains, this wetland has a great ecological value since many migratory birds choose this place to rest during their long routes. Thus, it is an importan habitat for marshall birds, which use it to shelter in their routes. In the bulrushes curlews, sandpipers, crab-plovers and darters, herons, snipes and spot-billed ducks are abundant.

Flora: Although the dominant vegetation of the area are the junks; different areas can be distinguished, depending on the depth and the water salinity. At low tide, a plain stocked with zoostera marina appears in the middle of the estuary. Meadows of salicornia grow at its both sides. They are substituted by marine junks as we come closer to the exterior area. In the bottom of the river, the junks are substituted by Phragmites and Cyperus rotundus. There is also a wide sample of typical species of saline water, such as aster, limoniun, puccinelia or marine plantago.

Fauna: The athlantic salmons, not frequent in Galician waters, still go upriver in Betanzos looking for the spawning areas in the Mandeo river, where they meeet trouts and sea trouts.

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