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Location Spain, Castilla y León,Galicia
Central coordinates 6o 45.00' West  42o 15.00' North
IBA criteria B2, C6
Area 73,700 ha
Altitude 900 - 2,125m
Year of IBA assessment 2000


Site description A mountainous area in the western Cantabrian Range, with extensive areas of scrub, patches of Quercus woodland, plantations of Pinus sylvestris, and alpine grasslands grazed by sheep and cows. The site includes 13 lakes.

Key Biodiversity This is a very important area for forest and alpine grassland species, particularly Perdix perdix and raptors. Species of global conservation concern that do not meet IBA criteria: Falco naumanni (non-breeding).

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Grey Partridge Perdix perdix breeding  1990  100-200 breeding pairs  medium  C6  Least Concern 
Montagu's Harrier Circus pygargus breeding  1990  5-10 breeding pairs  medium  C6  Least Concern 
Circaetus gallicus breeding  1990  10-20 breeding pairs  medium  B2  Not Recognised 
Red-billed Chough Pyrrhocorax pyrrhocorax resident  1990  50-80 breeding pairs  medium  C6  Least Concern 
Rufous-tailed Rock-thrush Monticola saxatilis breeding  1990  50-70 breeding pairs  medium  B2  Least Concern 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Lago de La Baña Natural Monument 731 protected area contained by site 731  
Lago de Sanabria Nature Park 5,027 protected area contained by site 22,365  
Lago de Truchillas Natural Monument 1,066 protected area contained by site 1,066  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Alluvial and very wet forest; Broadleaved deciduous woodland; Broadleaved evergreen woodland  -
Shrubland Heathland; Scrub  26%
Grassland Alpine, subalpine and boreal grassland; Dry siliceous grassland; Humid grasslands  26%
Wetlands (inland) Raised bogs; Standing freshwater  -
Rocky areas Scree & boulders  -
Artificial - terrestrial Arable land; Forestry plantations  -

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture 26%
forestry -
hunting -
urban/industrial/transport -
not utilised -

Protection status National Partial International None22,365 ha of IBA covered by Natural Park (Lago de Sanabria y alrededores, 22,365 ha). 1,066 ha of IBA covered by Natural Monument (Lago de Truchillas, 1,066 ha). 731 ha of IBA covered by Natural Monument (Lago de La Baña, 731 ha).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: La Cabrera mountain range. Downloaded from on 21/10/2016

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