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Location Spain, Extremadura
Central coordinates 7o 20.00' West  39o 40.00' North
IBA criteria A1, B1i, B1iii, B2, C1, C2, C6
Area 53,000 ha
Altitude 220 - 372m
Year of IBA assessment 2000


Site description A reservoir on the River Tajo with steep banks and occasional cliffs. The surrounding vegetation comprises Mediterranean scrub, Quercus woodland, dehesas, and some olive-groves. The main human activities are livestock-farming and hunting.

Key Biodiversity This is an important area for cliff-nesting species, particularly raptors and storks, and steppic species.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Black Stork Ciconia nigra breeding  1995  11-14 breeding pairs  good  B1i, C2  Least Concern 
Bonelli's Eagle Aquila fasciata resident  1995  6 breeding pairs  good  B2  Least Concern 
Cinereous Vulture Aegypius monachus resident  1995  15 breeding pairs  good  A1, B1iii, B2, C1, C2, C6  Near Threatened 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
CEDILLO Y RIO TAJO INTERNACIONAL - ES4320002 Habitats Directive 13,263 protected area overlaps with site 10,605  
LLANOS DE ALCANTARA Y BROZAS - ES0000369 Birds Directive 51,200 protected area overlaps with site 9,736  
LLANOS DE BROZAS - ES4320012 Habitats Directive 51,200 protected area overlaps with site 10,892  
RIO ERJAS - ES4320021 Habitats Directive 1,164 protected area overlaps with site 156  
RIO TAJO INTERNACIONAL Y RIBEROS - ES0000368 Birds Directive 20,271 protected area overlaps with site 15,167  
RIVERA DE AURELA - ES4320073 Habitats Directive 497 protected area overlaps with site 167  
RIVERA DE MEMBRIO - ES4320074 Habitats Directive 436 protected area overlaps with site 215  
RIVERAS DE CARBAJO Y CALATRUCHA - ES4320075 Habitats Directive 372 protected area overlaps with site 317  
SIERRA DE SAN PEDRO - ES0000070 Birds Directive 115,032 protected area is adjacent to site 0  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Broadleaved evergreen woodland  26%
Shrubland   -
Grassland   -
Wetlands (inland) Rivers and streams; Standing freshwater  -
Artificial - terrestrial Highly improved re-seeded landscapes  -

Land use

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

Protection status National None International None

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2015) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Cedillo reservoir. Downloaded from on 25/04/2015

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