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Location Spain, Aragón,Cataluña,País Valenciano
Central coordinates 0o 15.00' East  40o 50.00' North
IBA criteria B2, C6
Area 107,000 ha
Altitude 150 - 1,447m
Year of IBA assessment 2000

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Site description A mountainous area with many cliffs and gullies. Vegetation includes extensive Pinus woodlands, areas of maquis and large areas of scrub. The area is used for forestry, livestock-grazing, and hunting.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Falco peregrinus resident  1995  25-30 breeding pairs  medium  B2, C6  Not Recognised 
Griffon Vulture Gyps fulvus resident  1995  59 breeding pairs  good  C6  Least Concern 
Short-toed Snake-eagle Circaetus gallicus breeding  1996  10 breeding pairs  medium  C6  Least Concern 
Golden Eagle Aquila chrysaetos resident  1996  10 breeding pairs  medium  C6  Least Concern 
Bonelli's Eagle Aquila fasciata resident  1996  7 breeding pairs  medium  B2, C6  Least Concern 
Eurasian Eagle-owl Bubo bubo resident  1996  25 breeding pairs  poor  B2, C6  Least Concern 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
ELS PORTS DE BESEIT - ES2420119 Habitats Directive 10,158 protected area contained by site 10,158  
L'Alt Maestrat, Tinença de Benifassà, Turmell i Vallivana - ES0000465 Birds Directive 96,484 protected area overlaps with site 9,555  
Puertos de Beceite National Game Reserve 30,418 protected area contained by site 30,418  
PUERTOS DE BECEITE - ES0000307 Birds Directive 14,740 protected area contained by site 14,740  
PUERTOS DE BECEITE - ES2420036 Habitats Directive 4,630 protected area contained by site 4,630  
Ribera de l'Algars - ES5140003 Birds Directive 2,128 protected area is adjacent to site 0  
RÍO ALGARS - ES2420118 Habitats Directive 874 protected area overlaps with site 58  
RÍO MATARRANYA - ES2430097 Habitats Directive 1,991 protected area overlaps with site 103  
Serra de Montsant-Pas de l'Ase - ES5140017 Birds Directive 19,532 protected area overlaps with site 1,537  
Serres de Cardó- El Boix - ES5140006 Birds Directive 16,144 protected area is adjacent to site 0  
Sistema Prelitoral meridional - ES5140011 Birds Directive 51,680 protected area contained by site 51,680  
Tinença de Benifassà, Turmell i Vallivana - ES5233001 Birds Directive 49,598 protected area overlaps with site 9,630  

Habitats

IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Broadleaved deciduous woodland; Native coniferous woodland  50%
Shrubland Sclerophyllous scrub, garrigue and maquis  20%
Rocky areas Inland cliffs  30%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture 10%
forestry 50%
hunting 30%
not utilised 10%

Protection status National Partial International None30,418 ha of IBA covered by National Game Reserve (Puertos de Beceite, 30,418 ha).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Pass of Beceite-Turmell mountain. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 27/08/2014

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