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Location Spain, Navarra
Central coordinates 1o 22.00' West  42o 47.00' North
IBA criteria A4ii, B1iii, B2, C2, C6
Area 19,500 ha
Altitude 500 - 1,475m
Year of IBA assessment 2000

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Site description Two mountainous areas to the east of Pamplona, with limestone cliffs, Pinus woodland, grassland and scrub. The main human activities are livestock-farming, hunting and forestry.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Western Capercaillie Tetrao urogallus resident  1991  2-3 breeding pairs  medium  C6  Least Concern 
Griffon Vulture Gyps fulvus resident  1994  182 breeding pairs  good  A4ii, B1iii, B2, C2, C6  Least Concern 
Bearded Vulture Gypaetus barbatus resident  1996  2 breeding pairs  good  B2, C6  Near Threatened 
Egyptian Vulture Neophron percnopterus breeding  1991  15 breeding pairs  good  B2, C6  Endangered 
Black Woodpecker Dryocopus martius resident  1992  10-15 breeding pairs  medium  C6  Least Concern 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Arabarko - ES0000132 Birds Directive 1,498 protected area overlaps with site 1,229  
Foz de Gaztelu Natural Reserve 72 protected area contained by site 72  
Foz de Iñarbe Nature Reserve 266 protected area contained by site 266  
Poche de Chinchurrenea Natural Reserve 40 protected area contained by site 40  
R Habitats Directive 508 protected area overlaps with site 92  
R Habitats Directive 261 protected area is adjacent to site 0  
Sierra de Artxuga, Zarikieta y Montes de Areta - ES0000129 Birds Directive 17,520 protected area overlaps with site 15,248  
Sistema fluvial de los r Habitats Directive 1,096 protected area is adjacent to site 0  

Habitats

IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Broadleaved deciduous woodland; Broadleaved evergreen woodland; Mixed woodland; Native coniferous woodland  40%
Shrubland Heathland; Scrub  40%
Artificial - terrestrial Arable land  15%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture 90%
forestry 40%
hunting 80%

Protection status National Low International Partial72 ha of IBA covered by Natural Reserve (Foz de Gaztelu, 72 ha). 266 ha of IBA covered by Natural Reserve (Foz de Iñarbe, 266 ha). 40 ha of IBA covered by Natural Reserve (Poche de Chinchurrenea, 40 ha). 3,804 ha of IBA covered by Special Protection Area (Sierra de Archuba y Sierra de Zariquieta, 3,804 ha). 1,109 ha of IBA covered by Special Protection Area (Arabarko, 1,109 ha). 11,994 ha of IBA covered by Special Protection Area (Montes de Areta, 11,994 ha).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Areta, Archuba and Zariquieta mountain ranges. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 23/07/2014

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