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Location Spain, Extremadura
Central coordinates 6o 25.00' West  39o 0.00' North
IBA criteria A1, A4i, B1i, B1iii, B2, C1, C2, C6
Area 56,900 ha
Altitude 200 - 317m
Year of IBA assessment 2000

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Site description Plains to the north of Mérida, mainly covered by dehesas interspersed with dry grasslands and cereal crops. The main human activity is livestock-farming.

Key Biodiversity This is an important site for breeding raptors and wintering Grus grus. Species of global conservation concern that do not meet IBA criteria: Falco naumanni (6-20 breeding pairs) and Otis tarda (10 resident pairs).

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Black-winged Kite Elanus caeruleus resident  1996  25 breeding pairs  poor  B2, C2, C6  Least Concern 
Cinereous Vulture Aegypius monachus non-breeding  1997  23-30 individuals  medium  A1, B1iii, C1, C2  Near Threatened 
Common Crane Grus grus winter  1995  788-1,883 individuals  good  B1i, C2  Least Concern 
Collared Pratincole Glareola pratincola breeding  1997  70 breeding pairs  medium  A4i, B1i, B2, C2, C6  Least Concern 
Little Tern Sternula albifrons resident  1992  31 breeding pairs  good  C2  Least Concern 

IBA Monitoring

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

Agricultural expansion and intensification annual & perennial non-timber crops - agro-industry farming happening now some of area/population (10-49%) very rapid to severe deterioration high
Agricultural expansion and intensification annual & perennial non-timber crops - shifting agriculture happening now some of area/population (10-49%) slow but significant deterioration medium
Agricultural expansion and intensification annual & perennial non-timber crops - small-holder farming happening now some of area/population (10-49%) slow but significant deterioration medium
Agricultural expansion and intensification annual & perennial non-timber crops - small-holder farming likely in long term (beyond 4 years) some of area/population (10-49%) very rapid to severe deterioration medium
Agricultural expansion and intensification livestock farming and ranching (includes forest grazing) - agro-industry grazing, ranching or farmin happening now small area/few individuals (<10%) moderate to rapid deterioration low
Agricultural expansion and intensification livestock farming and ranching (includes forest grazing) - nomadic grazing happening now some of area/population (10-49%) moderate to rapid deterioration high
Agricultural expansion and intensification livestock farming and ranching (includes forest grazing) - small-holder grazing, ranching or farming happening now small area/few individuals (<10%) moderate to rapid deterioration low
Agricultural expansion and intensification wood and pulp plantations (includes afforestation) - small-holder plantations happening now majority/most of area/population (50-90%) moderate to rapid deterioration high
Energy production and mining mining and quarrying happening now small area/few individuals (<10%) very rapid to severe deterioration low
Geological events avalanches/landslides happening now majority/most of area/population (50-90%) slow but significant deterioration high
Human intrusions and disturbance recreational activities happening now majority/most of area/population (50-90%) moderate to rapid deterioration high
Human intrusions and disturbance work and other activities happening now majority/most of area/population (50-90%) very rapid to severe deterioration very high
Invasive and other problematic species and genes introduced genetic material happening now majority/most of area/population (50-90%) very rapid to severe deterioration very high
Invasive and other problematic species and genes invasive non-native/alien species/diseases - named species happening now some of area/population (10-49%) moderate to rapid deterioration high
Invasive and other problematic species and genes invasive non-native/alien species/diseases - unspecified species happening now majority/most of area/population (50-90%) very rapid to severe deterioration very high
Natural system modifications dams & water management/use - small dams 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 some of area/population (10-49%) very rapid to severe deterioration high
Natural system modifications other ecosystem modifications happening now some of area/population (10-49%) very rapid to severe deterioration 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 some of area/population (10-49%) moderate to rapid deterioration high
Over-exploitation, persecution and control of species hunting & collecting terrestrial animals - unintentional effects (species is not the target) happening now majority/most of area/population (50-90%) very rapid to severe deterioration very high
Pollution agricultural & forestry effluents - herbicides and pesticides happening now majority/most of area/population (50-90%) slow but significant deterioration high
Pollution agricultural & forestry effluents - nutrient loads happening now majority/most of area/population (50-90%) moderate to rapid deterioration high
Pollution excess energy - light pollution happening now small area/few individuals (<10%) moderate to rapid deterioration low
Pollution excess energy - noise pollution happening now small area/few individuals (<10%) moderate to rapid deterioration low
Pollution garbage & solid waste happening now some of area/population (10-49%) slow but significant deterioration medium
Pollution industrial & military effluents - oil spills happening now small area/few individuals (<10%) very rapid to severe deterioration low
Residential and commercial development commercial and industrial development happening now some of area/population (10-49%) very rapid to severe deterioration high
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 small area/few individuals (<10%) moderate to rapid deterioration low
Transportation and service corridors flight paths happening now small area/few individuals (<10%) slow but significant deterioration low
Transportation and service corridors roads and railroads likely in short term (within 4 years) some of area/population (10-49%) very rapid to severe deterioration high
Transportation and service corridors utility & service lines happening now some of area/population (10-49%) moderate to rapid deterioration high

Anser anser Greylag Goose 400 400 individuals 100 favourable
Ciconia ciconia White Stork 100 100 breeding pairs 100 favourable
Elanus caeruleus Black-winged Kite 9 9 breeding pairs 100 favourable
Aegypius monachus Cinereous Vulture 60 60 individuals 100 favourable
Otis tarda Great Bustard 27 27 individuals 100 favourable
Grus grus Common Crane 3000 3000 individuals 100 favourable
Glareola pratincola Collared Pratincole 25 25 breeding pairs 100 favourable

Little/none of site covered (<10%)  No management planning has taken place  Substantive conservation measures are being implemented but these are not comprehensive and are limited by resources and capacity  low 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
CORREDOR DEL LACARA - ES4310048 Habitats Directive 551 protected area overlaps with site 50  
EMBALSE DE LOS CANCHALES - ES0000327 Birds Directive 600 protected area contained by site 600  
LAGUNA TEMPORAL DE MURTALES - ES4310061 Habitats Directive 13 protected area contained by site 13  
RIO ALJUCEN BAJO - ES4310017 Habitats Directive 402 protected area is adjacent to site 0  

Local conservation groups The local conservation groups below are working to support conservation at this IBA.

Name Year formed
Confederación Hidrografica del Guadiana 0
Grupo de Conservación del Área de Zoología de la Universidad de Extremadura. 0

Habitats

IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Alluvial and very wet forest; Broadleaved evergreen woodland  26%
Grassland   -
Wetlands (inland) Rivers and streams; Standing freshwater  -
Artificial - terrestrial Arable land; Perennial crops, orchards and groves  26%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture 75%
hunting -
water management -

Protection status National None International None

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Lácara-Morante. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 28/12/2014

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