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Location Spain, Castilla y León
Central coordinates 4o 40.00' West  42o 55.00' North
IBA criteria B2, C6
Area 66,000 ha
Altitude 1,000 - 2,520m
Year of IBA assessment 2000


Site description A mountainous area in the Cordillera Cantábrica with limestone cliffs, Quercus and Fagus woodland, and alpine grasslands grazed by cattle. The site also includes five protected lakes.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Grey Partridge Perdix perdix breeding  1995  110-120 breeding pairs  good  C6  Least Concern 
Short-toed Snake-eagle Circaetus gallicus breeding  1992  20 breeding pairs  medium  B2, C6  Least Concern 
Middle Spotted Woodpecker Leiopicus medius resident  1995  5-10 breeding pairs  medium  C6  Least Concern 
Rufous-tailed Rock-thrush Monticola saxatilis breeding  1995  140 breeding pairs  poor  B2  Least Concern 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Fuentes Carrionas National Game Reserve 47,755 protected area contained by site 47,755  
FUENTES CARRIONAS Y FUENTE COBRE-MONTAÑA PALENTINA - ES4140011 Birds Directive 78,179 protected area overlaps with site 52,900  
Liébana - ES0000198 Birds Directive 29,071 protected area is adjacent to site 0  
Liebana - ES1300001 Habitats Directive 42,546 protected area is adjacent to site 0  
PICOS DE EUROPA EN CASTILLA Y LEÓN - ES4130003 Birds Directive 101,337 protected area is adjacent to site 0  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Broadleaved deciduous woodland; Mixed woodland  -
Shrubland Heathland; Scrub  26%
Grassland Alpine, subalpine and boreal grassland; Humid grasslands  -
Rocky areas Inland cliffs; Scree & boulders  -
Artificial - terrestrial Forestry plantations; Highly improved re-seeded landscapes  -

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture 60%
forestry 20%
hunting 80%
water management 5%
not utilised 20%

Protection status National Partial International None47,755 ha of IBA covered by National Game Reserve (Fuentes Carrionas, 47,755 ha).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Fuentes Carrionas. Downloaded from on 21/09/2014

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