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Location Spain, Aragón,Cataluña
Central coordinates 0o 55.00' East  42o 5.00' North
IBA criteria B2, C2, C6
Area 49,000 ha
Altitude 400 - 1,678m
Year of IBA assessment 2000

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Site description A mountainous area of limestone cliffs and gorges. Sclerophyllous scrub predominates, with some scattered Quercus woodland, arable cultivation and olive-groves.

Key Biodiversity An important area for breeding raptors.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Falco peregrinus resident  1966  10 breeding pairs  medium  C6  Not Recognised 
Bearded Vulture Gypaetus barbatus resident  1996  2 breeding pairs  good  B2, C6  Near Threatened 
Egyptian Vulture Neophron percnopterus breeding  1996  5 breeding pairs  medium  C6  Endangered 
Golden Eagle Aquila chrysaetos resident  1996  7 breeding pairs  good  C6  Least Concern 
Red-billed Chough Pyrrhocorax pyrrhocorax resident  1996  200 breeding pairs  medium  B2, C2, C6  Least Concern 

IBA Monitoring

2007 very high unfavourable low
Population
Medium - based upon reliable but incomplete / partially representative data

Climate change and severe weather drought happening now some of area/population (10-49%) moderate to rapid deterioration high
Energy production and mining mining and quarrying happening now small area/few individuals (<10%) no or imperceptible deterioration low
Energy production and mining renewable energy happening now small area/few individuals (<10%) no or imperceptible deterioration low
Human intrusions and disturbance recreational activities happening now whole area/population (>90%) slow but significant deterioration high
Pollution domestic and urban waste water happening now small area/few individuals (<10%) no or imperceptible deterioration low
Residential and commercial development housing and urban areas likely in short term (within 4 years) some of area/population (10-49%) moderate to rapid deterioration medium
Residential and commercial development tourism and recreation areas happening now some of area/population (10-49%) very rapid to severe deterioration high
Transportation and service corridors roads and railroads happening now some of area/population (10-49%) no or imperceptible deterioration low

Wetlands (inland) Rivers and streams  0 0 moderate (70-90%) moderate (70-90%) unfavourable

Falco peregrinus 10 8 breeding pairs 80 near favourable
Gypaetus barbatus Bearded Vulture 2 1 breeding pairs 50 unfavourable
Neophron percnopterus Egyptian Vulture 5 5 breeding pairs 100 favourable
Aquila chrysaetos Golden Eagle 7 9 breeding pairs 100 favourable

Whole area of site (>90%) covered by appropriate conservation designation  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)  
Aiguabarreig Segre-Noguera Pallaresa - ES5130014 Birds Directive 10,113 protected area overlaps with site 6,785  
Noguera Ribagorcana--Mont-Remei Natural Reserve 1 protected area contained by site 1  
Serres del Montsec, Sant Mamet i Mitjana - ES5130015 Birds Directive 32,420 protected area overlaps with site 20,809  
SIERRA DE MONGAY - ES0000288 Habitats Directive 3,216 protected area overlaps with site 2,713  
SIERRA DE MONGAY - ES2410042 Habitats Directive 3,198 protected area overlaps with site 2,684  
Valls del Sió-Llobregós - ES5130016 Habitats Directive 26,847 protected area is adjacent to site 0  
Vessants de la Noguera Ribagorçana - ES5130032 Birds Directive 6,524 protected area is adjacent to site 0  

Habitats

IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Broadleaved deciduous woodland  -
Shrubland Sclerophyllous scrub, garrigue and maquis  26%
Wetlands (inland) Rivers and streams  -
Rocky areas Inland cliffs; Scree & boulders  26%
Artificial - terrestrial Arable land; Perennial crops, orchards and groves  -

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture 26%
hunting -
tourism/recreation -
urban/industrial/transport 26%

Protection status National Low International None1 ha of IBA covered by Natural Reserve (Noguera Ribagorcana-Mont-Remei, 1 ha).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Montsech and Montgai mountains. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 23/11/2014

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