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Location Spain, Murcia,País Valenciano
Central coordinates 0o 55.00' West  38o 0.00' North
IBA criteria B1iii, C2, C6
Area 24,000 ha
Altitude 200 - 647m
Year of IBA assessment 2000

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Site description The site includes both mountains and plains south-east of the city of Murcia. The vegetation is mainly Pinus forest, scrub and steppe habitats.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Lesser Kestrel Falco naumanni breeding  1996  6 breeding pairs  good  C6  Least Concern 
Bonelli's Eagle Aquila fasciata non-breeding  1996  15-50 individuals  good  B1iii, C2  Least Concern 
Booted Eagle Hieraaetus pennatus resident  1996  6-8 breeding pairs  medium  C6  Least Concern 
Booted Eagle Hieraaetus pennatus winter  1996  25-100 individuals  medium  B1iii, C2  Least Concern 
Burhinus oedicnemus resident  1996  30-50 breeding pairs  poor  C6  Not Recognised 
Eurasian Eagle-owl Bubo bubo resident  1996  9-10 breeding pairs  good  C6  Least Concern 
European Roller Coracias garrulus breeding  1996  5-10 breeding pairs  poor  C6  Near Threatened 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Carrascoy y El Valle - ES6200002 Habitats Directive 11,874 protected area overlaps with site 2,341  
El Valle Regional Park 2,098 protected area overlaps with site 2,000  
MONTE EL VALLE Y SIERRAS DE ALTAHONA Y ESCALONA - ES0000269 Birds Directive 14,825 protected area overlaps with site 13,235  
Sierra de Escalona y Dehesa de Campoamor - ES5212012 Habitats Directive 4,712 protected area overlaps with site 3,872  
Sierra Escalona y Dehesa de Campoamor - ES0000464 Birds Directive 10,407 protected area overlaps with site 9,025  

Habitats

IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Native coniferous woodland  -
Shrubland Sclerophyllous scrub, garrigue and maquis  26%
Grassland Steppes and dry calcareous grassland  -
Desert Semidesert  26%
Rocky areas Inland cliffs  -
Artificial - terrestrial Arable land  26%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
hunting 26%
agriculture -
tourism/recreation -

Protection status National Low International None2,000 ha of IBA covered by Regional Park (El Valle, 10,500 ha).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: El Valle, Altaona and Escalona mountains. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 01/10/2014

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