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Location Spain, País Vasco
Central coordinates 2o 30.00' West  42o 40.00' North
IBA criteria B3, C2, C6
Area 9,250 ha
Altitude 700 - 1,057m
Year of IBA assessment 2000

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Site description Mountains with streams, bogs and a large Quercus pyrenaica woodland. Cattle are grazed in the woodland which contains many small patches of grassland. The main human activities are game hunting and forestry.

Key Biodiversity This is an important area for woodland species. The site holds probably the best population of Dendrocopos medius in Spain.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Egyptian Vulture Neophron percnopterus breeding  1995  2-4 breeding pairs  good  C6  Endangered 
Short-toed Snake-eagle Circaetus gallicus breeding  1994  3-5 breeding pairs  medium  C6  Least Concern 
Middle Spotted Woodpecker Leiopicus medius resident  1995  200-300 breeding pairs  good  B3, C2, C6  Least Concern 

IBA Monitoring

2008 high not assessed medium
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Agricultural expansion and intensification livestock farming and ranching (includes forest grazing) - agro-industry grazing, ranching or farmin likely in long term (beyond 4 years) some of area/population (10-49%) no or imperceptible deterioration low
Agricultural expansion and intensification livestock farming and ranching (includes forest grazing) - small-holder grazing, ranching or farming happening now whole area/population (>90%) no or imperceptible deterioration low
Energy production and mining mining and quarrying likely in short term (within 4 years) some of area/population (10-49%) moderate to rapid deterioration medium
Human intrusions and disturbance recreational activities happening now whole area/population (>90%) slow but significant deterioration high
Human intrusions and disturbance work and other activities likely in long term (beyond 4 years) whole area/population (>90%) slow but significant deterioration medium
Natural system modifications other ecosystem modifications likely in long term (beyond 4 years) some of area/population (10-49%) slow but significant deterioration medium
Over-exploitation, persecution and control of species direct mortality of trigger species - hunting and trapping likely in long term (beyond 4 years) some of area/population (10-49%) slow but significant deterioration medium
Pollution garbage and solid waste likely in long term (beyond 4 years) some of area/population (10-49%) slow but significant deterioration medium
Residential and commercial development housing and urban areas happening now some of area/population (10-49%) moderate to rapid deterioration high
Residential and commercial development tourism and recreation areas happening now some of area/population (10-49%) slow but significant deterioration medium

Neophron percnopterus Egyptian Vulture 2 2 breeding pairs 100 favourable
Leiopicus medius Middle Spotted Woodpecker 300 500 breeding pairs 100 favourable

Most of site (50-90%) covered (including the most critical parts for important bird species)  A management plan exists but it is out of date or not comprehensive  Substantive conservation measures are being implemented but these are not comprehensive and are limited by resources and capacity  medium 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Ega-Berron Ibaia / R Habitats Directive 226 protected area is adjacent to site 0  
Izki - ES2110019 Birds Directive 9,005 protected area contained by site 9,005  

Habitats

IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Alluvial and very wet forest; Broadleaved deciduous woodland; Broadleaved evergreen woodland  80%
Shrubland Scrub  40%
Grassland Dry siliceous grassland  15%
Wetlands (inland) Raised bogs; Rivers and streams  -
Rocky areas Inland cliffs; Scree & boulders  -
Artificial - terrestrial Perennial crops, orchards and groves  5%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture 5%
forestry 100%
hunting 100%
tourism/recreation 5%

Protection status National None International None

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Izki mountains. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 28/11/2014

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