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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.

Key Biodiversity This is an important site for species characteristic of open and scrub-dominated habitats. Species of global conservation concern that do not meet IBA criteria: Falco naumanni (breeding) and Tetrax tetrax (breeding).

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 
Burhinus oedicnemus breeding  1996  220 breeding pairs  poor  B2, C6  Not Recognised 

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 (2015) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Quipar reservoir, Molino mountain range and Cagitán plains. Downloaded from on 18/04/2015

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