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Location Spain, Extremadura
Central coordinates 6o 16.00' West  40o 16.00' North
IBA criteria B1i, C2
Area 55,000 ha
Altitude 300 - 900m
Year of IBA assessment 2000

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Site description A reservoir on the River Alagón surrounded by dehesas, plantations of Pinus pinaster, grassland and arable cultivation.

Key Biodiversity This is an important site for breeding Ciconia nigra and wintering Grus grus. Species of global conservation concern that do not meet IBA criteria: Aegypius monachus (2 resident pairs).

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Black Stork Ciconia nigra breeding  1995  8 breeding pairs  good  B1i, C2  Least Concern 
Common Crane Grus grus winter  1995  787-1,200 individuals  good  B1i, C2  Least Concern 

IBA Monitoring

2008 high favourable negligible
Population
Good - based on reliable and complete / representative data

Agricultural expansion and intensification livestock farming and ranching (includes forest grazing) - small-holder grazing, ranching or farming happening now some of area/population (10-49%) slow but significant deterioration medium
Energy production and mining renewable energy likely in long term (beyond 4 years) some of area/population (10-49%) slow but significant deterioration medium
Invasive and other problematic species and genes invasive non-native/alien species/diseases - named species happening now some of area/population (10-49%) slow but significant deterioration medium
Natural system modifications dams & water management/use - large dams happening now some of area/population (10-49%) moderate to rapid deterioration high
Over-exploitation, persecution and control of species hunting & collecting terrestrial animals - persecution/control happening now some of area/population (10-49%) moderate to rapid deterioration high
Pollution agricultural & forestry effluents - herbicides and pesticides 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
Transportation and service corridors roads and railroads happening now some of area/population (10-49%) moderate to rapid deterioration high
Transportation and service corridors utility & service lines happening now some of area/population (10-49%) moderate to rapid deterioration high

Ciconia nigra Black Stork 8 8 breeding pairs 100 favourable
Neophron percnopterus Egyptian Vulture 3 3 breeding pairs 100 favourable
Grus grus Common Crane 1900 1900 individuals 100 favourable

Little/none of site covered (<10%)  No management planning has taken place  Very little or no conservation action taking place  negligible 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
EMBALSE GABRIEL Y GALAN - ES0000421 Birds Directive 8,402 protected area overlaps with site 4,218  
GRANADILLA - ES4320013 Habitats Directive 24,430 protected area overlaps with site 16,212  
HURDES - ES0000355 Birds Directive 26,982 protected area is adjacent to site 0  
LAS HURDES - ES4320011 Habitats Directive 23,887 protected area is adjacent to site 0  
RIOS ALAGON Y JERTE - ES4320071 Habitats Directive 2,593 protected area overlaps with site 407  
SIERRAS DE RISCO VIEJO - ES4320047 Habitats Directive 13,830 protected area is adjacent to site 0  

Habitats

IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Broadleaved evergreen woodland  60%
Grassland Dry siliceous grassland  10%
Wetlands (inland) Standing freshwater  20%
Artificial - terrestrial Arable land; Forestry plantations  10%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture 60%
hunting -
water management -

Protection status National None International None

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Gabriel y Galán reservoir. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 27/12/2014

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