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Location Spain, Extremadura
Central coordinates 6o 30.00' West  39o 50.00' North
IBA criteria A1, B1i, B2, C1, C2, C6
Area 71,500 ha
Altitude 300 - 625m
Year of IBA assessment 2000

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Site description A plain to the south-east of Coria crossed by a small range of hills. Most of the area is dehesa with areas of arable land, scrub, grassland, Quercus woodland and Pinus and Eucalyptus plantations. The main human activity is livestock-farming.

Key Biodiversity This is an important site for forest- and cliff-nesting raptors.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Black Stork Ciconia nigra breeding  1995  4-7 breeding pairs  good  B1i, C2  Least Concern 
Griffon Vulture Gyps fulvus resident  1995  68 breeding pairs  good  C6  Least Concern 
Spanish Imperial Eagle Aquila adalberti resident  1995  2 breeding pairs  good  A1, B2, C1  Vulnerable 
Booted Eagle Hieraaetus pennatus breeding  1996  25 breeding pairs  medium  B2  Least Concern 

IBA Monitoring

2008 very high favourable negligible
Population
Medium - based upon reliable but incomplete / partially representative data

Agricultural expansion and intensification annual & perennial non-timber crops - agro-industry farming happening now small area/few individuals (<10%) no or imperceptible deterioration low
Agricultural expansion and intensification annual & perennial non-timber crops - shifting agriculture past (and unlikely to return) and no longer limiting some of area/population (10-49%) no or imperceptible deterioration low
Agricultural expansion and intensification annual & perennial non-timber crops - small-holder farming happening now small area/few individuals (<10%) no or imperceptible deterioration low
Agricultural expansion and intensification livestock farming and ranching (includes forest grazing) - small-holder grazing, ranching or farming happening now majority/most of area/population (50-90%) moderate to rapid deterioration high
Agricultural expansion and intensification wood and pulp plantations (includes afforestation) - small-holder plantations happening now some of area/population (10-49%) moderate to rapid deterioration high
Climate change and severe weather drought happening now whole area/population (>90%) very rapid to severe deterioration very high
Climate change and severe weather storms and floods happening now whole area/population (>90%) very rapid to severe deterioration very high
Natural system modifications dams & water management/use - abstraction of surface water (unknown use) happening now some of area/population (10-49%) moderate to rapid deterioration high
Natural system modifications fire & fire suppression - increase in fire frequency/intensity happening now majority/most of area/population (50-90%) very rapid to severe deterioration very high
Over-exploitation, persecution and control of species hunting & collecting terrestrial animals - intentional use (species being assessed is the target) happening now majority/most of area/population (50-90%) moderate to rapid deterioration high
Over-exploitation, persecution and control of species hunting & collecting terrestrial animals - persecution/control happening now majority/most of area/population (50-90%) moderate to rapid deterioration high
Residential and commercial development housing and urban areas happening now small area/few individuals (<10%) slow but significant deterioration low
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 7 7 breeding pairs 100 favourable
Hieraaetus pennatus Booted Eagle 25 25 individuals 100 favourable
Gyps fulvus Griffon Vulture 68 68 breeding pairs 100 favourable
Aquila adalberti Spanish Imperial Eagle 2 2 breeding pairs 100 favourable

Some of site covered (10-49%)  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)  
ARROYOS PATANA Y REGUEROS - ES4320061 Habitats Directive 951 protected area is adjacent to site 0  
CANCHOS DE RAMIRO - ES4320001 Birds Directive 6,933 protected area contained by site 6,933  
CANCHOS DE RAMIRO Y LADRONERA - ES0000434 Birds Directive 23,120 protected area overlaps with site 17,065  
EMBALSE DE ALCANTARA - ES0000415 Birds Directive 7,648 protected area is adjacent to site 0  
LAGUNA TEMPORAL DE CORRALES - ES4320066 Habitats Directive 13 protected area contained by site 13  
RIO ERJAS - ES4320021 Habitats Directive 1,164 protected area overlaps with site 127  
RIVERAS DE GATA Y ACEBO - ES4320076 Habitats Directive 1,089 protected area is adjacent to site 0  

Habitats

IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Broadleaved evergreen woodland  50%
Shrubland   30%
Grassland   -
Wetlands (inland) Rivers and streams  -
Rocky areas Inland cliffs  -
Artificial - terrestrial Arable land; Forestry plantations  -

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture 26%
hunting 26%

Protection status National None International None

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Coria mountain ranges. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 29/12/2014

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