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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


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.

Key Biodiversity This is an important site for breeding raptors.

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 
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 
Circaetus gallicus breeding  1996  10 breeding pairs  medium  C6  Not Recognised 
Eurasian Eagle-owl Bubo bubo resident  1996  25 breeding pairs  poor  B2, C6  Least Concern 

IBA Monitoring

2008 very high not assessed negligible
Poor - based on little, or potentially unreliable/unrepresentative, data

Biological resource use hunting & collecting terrestrial animals - persecution/control happening now some of area/population (10-49%) slow but significant deterioration medium
Energy production and mining renewable energy happening now whole area/population (>90%) very rapid to severe deterioration very high
Natural system modifications fire & fire suppression - increase in fire frequency/intensity happening now majority/most of area/population (50-90%) moderate to rapid deterioration high
Transportation and service corridors utility & service lines happening now majority/most of area/population (50-90%) moderate to rapid deterioration high

Some of site covered (10-49%)  Not assessed  Not assessed  negligible 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Puertos de Beceite National Game Reserve 30,418 protected area contained by site 30,418  


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 (2015) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Pass of Beceite-Turmell mountain. Downloaded from on 25/11/2015

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