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Location Spain, Murcia
Central coordinates 1o 40.00' West  38o 15.00' North
IBA criteria B2, C6
Area 22,000 ha
Altitude 400 - 826m
Year of IBA assessment 2000


Site description An area of low semi-arid hills with arable crops, some scrub and reedbeds (Phragmites) around a reservoir.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Montagu's Harrier Circus pygargus breeding  1996  6 breeding pairs  poor  C6  Least Concern 
Eurasian Thick-knee Burhinus oedicnemus breeding  1996  220 breeding pairs  poor  B2, C6  Least Concern 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
R Habitats Directive 701 protected area overlaps with site 514  
SIERRA DEL MOLINO, EMBALSE DEL QUIPAR Y LLANOS DEL CAGITAN - ES0000265 Birds Directive 28,076 protected area contains site 22,000  
SIERRAS DE RICOTE Y LA NAVELA - ES0000257 Birds Directive 7,026 protected area is adjacent to site 0  
Sierras y Vega Alta del Segura y R Habitats Directive 10,896 protected area overlaps with site 3,144  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Shrubland Scrub  26%
Wetlands (inland)   -
Rocky areas Inland cliffs  -
Artificial - terrestrial Arable land; Perennial crops, orchards and groves  26%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture 26%
hunting 26%
forestry -
water management -

Protection status National None International None

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Quipar reservoir, Molino mountain range and Cagitán plains. Downloaded from on 19/04/2014

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