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Location Spain, Aragón
Central coordinates 0o 45.00' West  41o 20.00' North
IBA criteria B2, C2, C6
Area 53,000 ha
Altitude 200 - 704m
Year of IBA assessment 2000


Site description One of the best preserved steppe areas in the River Ebro basin. The vegetation is a mixture of steppe-grassland and arable agriculture.

Key Biodiversity This is an important site for breeding steppic species. Species of global conservation concern that do not meet IBA criteria: Otis tarda (15 non-breeding individuals).

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Little Bustard Tetrax tetrax resident  1995  60-80 breeding pairs  medium  C6  Near Threatened 
Burhinus oedicnemus resident  1995  150 breeding pairs  good  C6  Not Recognised 
Pin-tailed Sandgrouse Pterocles alchata resident  1995  700-800 breeding pairs  medium  B2, C2, C6  Least Concern 
Black-bellied Sandgrouse Pterocles orientalis resident  1995  800-1,000 breeding pairs  medium  B2, C2, C6  Least Concern 
Lesser Short-toed Lark Calandrella rufescens resident  1995  1,400-2,000 breeding pairs  medium  B2  Least Concern 
Dupont's Lark Chersophilus duponti resident  1995  800 breeding pairs  medium  B2, C2, C6  Near Threatened 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
EL PLANERÓN - ES2430032 Habitats Directive 1,139 protected area contained by site 1,139  
ESTEPAS DE BELCHITE-EL PLANERON-LA LOMAZA - ES0000136 Birds Directive 23,746 protected area contained by site 23,746  
LA LOMAZA DE BELCHITE - ES2430153 Habitats Directive 1,193 protected area contained by site 1,193  
PLANAS Y ESTEPAS DE LA MARGEN DERECHA DEL EBRO - ES2430091 Habitats Directive 43,160 protected area overlaps with site 30,614  
RÍO HUERVA Y LAS PLANAS - ES0000300 Birds Directive 30,272 protected area is adjacent to site 0  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Grassland Steppes and dry calcareous grassland  35%
Artificial - terrestrial Arable land  60%

Land use

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

Protection status National None International Low961 ha of IBA covered by Special Protection Area (La Lomaza de Belchite, 961 ha).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2015) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Belchite-Mediana. Downloaded from on 28/03/2015

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