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Location Spain, País Valenciano
Central coordinates 0o 15.00' West  38o 40.00' North
IBA criteria B2, C2, C6
Area 102,300 ha
Altitude 0 - 1,558m
Year of IBA assessment 2000


Site description A mountainous area covered by Pinus forests, Mediterranean scrub and fruit cultivation.

Key Biodiversity This is an important site for raptors and species characteristic of Mediterranean habitats.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Falco peregrinus resident  1996  12 breeding pairs  medium  C6  Not Recognised 
Golden Eagle Aquila chrysaetos resident  1996  4-5 breeding pairs  good  C6  Least Concern 
Bonelli's Eagle Aquila fasciata resident  1997  4-5 breeding pairs  good  B2, C6  Least Concern 
European Bee-eater Merops apiaster breeding  1996  300 breeding pairs  medium  B2  Least Concern 
Red-billed Chough Pyrrhocorax pyrrhocorax resident  1996  400 breeding pairs  medium  B2, C2, C6  Least Concern 
Black Wheatear Oenanthe leucura resident  1996  300 breeding pairs  poor  B2, C2  Least Concern 
Blue Rock-thrush Monticola solitarius resident  1996  200 breeding pairs  medium  B2  Least Concern 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Aitana, Serrella i Puigcampana - ES5213019 Habitats Directive 17,606 protected area contained by site 17,606  
Algepsars de Finestrat - ES5212009 Habitats Directive 103 protected area contained by site 103  
Cabeço d'Or i la Grana - ES0000463 Birds Directive 5,027 protected area overlaps with site 4,750  
Illots de Benidorm i Serra Gelada - ES0000121 Birds Directive 6,192 protected area overlaps with site 722  
Muntanyes de la Marina - ES0000453 Birds Directive 43,118 protected area overlaps with site 29,637  
Riu Gorgos - ES5212004 Habitats Directive 777 protected area overlaps with site 513  
Serra Gelada i Litoral de la Marina Baixa - ES5213021 Habitats Directive 5,553 protected area overlaps with site 422  
Serres del Ferrer i Bèrnia - ES5213020 Habitats Directive 3,450 protected area contained by site 3,450  
Valls de la Marina - ES5213042 Habitats Directive 16,061 protected area overlaps with site 6,106  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Broadleaved evergreen woodland; Native coniferous woodland  25%
Shrubland Sclerophyllous scrub, garrigue and maquis; Scrub  50%
Grassland Steppes and dry calcareous grassland  20%
Coastline Sea cliffs and rocky shores  -
Artificial - terrestrial Perennial crops, orchards and groves  20%
Rocky areas Inland cliffs  -

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture 20%
forestry 20%
hunting 75%

Protection status National None International None

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2015) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Marina mountain ranges. Downloaded from on 27/04/2015

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