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Location Spain, Castilla-La Mancha,País Valenciano
Central coordinates 1o 0.00' West  39o 45.00' North
IBA criteria B2, B3, C2, C6
Area 135,000 ha
Altitude 400 - 1,551m
Year of IBA assessment 2000

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Site description A mountainous area with large Pinus forests and areas of scrub. The main human activities are forestry, hunting and arable cultivation.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Griffon Vulture Gyps fulvus non-breeding  1996  35-40 individuals  medium  C6  Least Concern 
Short-toed Snake-eagle Circaetus gallicus breeding  1997  20-30 breeding pairs  medium  B2, C6  Least Concern 
Bonelli's Eagle Aquila fasciatus resident  1997  10 breeding pairs  good  B2, C6  Least Concern 
Stock Dove Columba oenas resident  1997  400 breeding pairs  poor  B3  Least Concern 
Eurasian Eagle-owl Bubo bubo resident  1997  40-50 breeding pairs  medium  B2, C6  Least Concern 
European Bee-eater Merops apiaster breeding  1996  300-500 breeding pairs  medium  B2  Least Concern 
Red-billed Chough Pyrrhocorax pyrrhocorax resident  1996  150-200 breeding pairs  medium  B2, C2, C6  Least Concern 
Black Wheatear Oenanthe leucura breeding  1996  40 breeding pairs  medium  B2  Least Concern 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Alto Túria - ES5232006 Habitats Directive 14,449 protected area contained by site 14,449  
Alto Turia y Sierra del Negrete - ES0000449 Birds Directive 100,315 protected area overlaps with site 93,141  
Lavajos de Sinarcas - ES5232005 Habitats Directive 25 protected area contained by site 25  
RENTOS DE ORCHOVA Y VERTIENTES DEL TURIA - ES0000389 Birds Directive 6,336 protected area overlaps with site 1,241  
RENTOS DE ORCHOVA Y VERTIENTES DEL TURIA - ES4230001 Habitats Directive 4,765 protected area overlaps with site 1,089  
Sabinar de Alpuente - ES5233008 Habitats Directive 9,196 protected area overlaps with site 1,546  
SIERRA DE JAVALAMBRE II - ES2420129 Habitats Directive 53,223 protected area is adjacent to site 0  
Sierra del Negrete - ES5233009 Habitats Directive 21,934 protected area overlaps with site 10,852  
SIERRAS DE TALAYUELAS Y ALIAGUILLA - ES4230002 Habitats Directive 7,763 protected area overlaps with site 2,295  

Habitats

IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Alluvial and very wet forest; Broadleaved evergreen woodland; Native coniferous woodland  50%
Shrubland Sclerophyllous scrub, garrigue and maquis; Scrub  30%
Wetlands (inland) Rivers and streams  25%
Rocky areas Inland cliffs  15%
Artificial - terrestrial Arable land; Forestry plantations; Perennial crops, orchards and groves  30%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture 15%
forestry 65%
hunting 90%
tourism/recreation -
water management -

Protection status National None International None

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Turia canyon and Los Serranos. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 21/04/2014

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