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Location Spain, Andalucía
Central coordinates 6o 0.00' West  37o 50.00' North
IBA criteria A1, B1i, B2, C1, C2, C6
Area 164,840 ha
Altitude 260 - 968m
Year of IBA assessment 2000

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Site description A rugged mountainous area to the north of Sevilla, with steep-sided valleys. Vegetation comprises Mediterranean scrub, grassland, Quercus woodland and dehesas. The main human activities are livestock-farming and hunting.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Black Stork Ciconia nigra breeding  1996  7-8 breeding pairs  good  B1i, C2, C6  Least Concern 
Short-toed Snake-eagle Circaetus gallicus breeding  1992  12 breeding pairs  medium  C6  Least Concern 
Spanish Imperial Eagle Aquila adalberti resident  1994  4 breeding pairs  good  A1, B2, C1, C6  Vulnerable 
Golden Eagle Aquila chrysaetos resident  1996  10-20 breeding pairs  medium  B2, C6  Least Concern 
Cinereous Vulture Aegypius monachus resident  1996  5 breeding pairs  medium  A1, C1  Near Threatened 
Bonelli's Eagle Aquila fasciata resident  1996  5 breeding pairs  medium  B2  Least Concern 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
BARRANCOS DEL RIO RETORTILLO - ES6130013 Habitats Directive 515 protected area is adjacent to site 0  
GUADIATO-BEMBEZAR - ES6130007 Habitats Directive 114,345 protected area is adjacent to site 0  
SIERRA DE ALANIS - ES6180004 Habitats Directive 6,482 protected area is adjacent to site 0  
SIERRA DE ARACENA Y PICOS DE AROCHE - ES0000051 Birds Directive 186,800 protected area is adjacent to site 0  
SIERRA DE HORNACHUELOS - ES0000050 Birds Directive 60,032 protected area is adjacent to site 0  
Sierra Norte Nature Park 164,840 protected area contained by site 164,840  
SIERRA NORTE - ES0000053 Birds Directive 177,478 protected area contains site 164,840  
VALDECIGÜEÑAS - ES4310045 Habitats Directive 3,713 protected area is adjacent to site 0  
VENTA DE LAS NAVAS - ES6180016 Habitats Directive 607 protected area is adjacent to site 0  

Habitats

IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Alluvial and very wet forest; Broadleaved deciduous woodland; Broadleaved evergreen woodland; Mixed woodland  26%
Shrubland Sclerophyllous scrub, garrigue and maquis  26%
Grassland Dry siliceous grassland  -
Rocky areas Inland cliffs; Scree & boulders  -
Artificial - terrestrial Arable land; Forestry plantations  -

Land use

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

Protection status National High International High164,840 ha of IBA covered by Natural Park (Sierra Norte de Sevilla, 164,840 ha). 164,840 ha of IBA covered by Special Protection Area (Sierra Norte de Sevilla, 164,840 ha).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Sierra Morena de Sevilla. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 01/10/2014

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