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Location Spain, Murcia
Central coordinates 1o 30.00' West  37o 30.00' North
IBA criteria B2, C6
Area 25,850 ha
Altitude 0 - 888m
Year of IBA assessment 2000


Site description Low mountains including a coastal section. The main habitats are scrub, orchards, Pinus halepensis woodland and arable crops. Human activities include hunting, forestry and agriculture.

Key Biodiversity This is an important area for raptors and steppic species. The site holds a new population of Bucanetes githagineus.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Bonelli's Eagle Aquila fasciata resident  1996  4 breeding pairs  good  C6  Least Concern 
Eurasian Eagle-owl Bubo bubo resident  1991  10 breeding pairs  medium  C6  Least Concern 
Red-billed Chough Pyrrhocorax pyrrhocorax resident  1992  100 breeding pairs  poor  B2, C6  Least Concern 
Trumpeter Finch Bucanetes githagineus resident  1996  common  B2, C6  Least Concern 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Cabo Cope - ES6200031 Habitats Directive 241 protected area contained by site 241  
Cabo Cope--Puntas Calnegre Regional Park 2,936 protected area overlaps with site 250  
Calnegre - ES6200012 Habitats Directive 781 protected area is adjacent to site 0  
Franja Litoral Sumergida de la Región de Murcia - ES6200029 Habitats Directive 12,827 protected area is adjacent to site 0  
SIERRA DE ALMENARA, MORERAS Y CABO COPE - ES0000261 Birds Directive 22,195 protected area overlaps with site 15,772  
Sierra de la Almenara - ES6200035 Habitats Directive 19,398 protected area overlaps with site 12,571  
Sierra de las Moreras Protected Landscape 1,960 protected area contained by site 1,960  
Sierra de las Moreras - ES6200011 Habitats Directive 2,499 protected area overlaps with site 1,356  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Native coniferous woodland  26%
Shrubland Sclerophyllous scrub, garrigue and maquis; Scrub  -
Grassland Steppes and dry calcareous grassland  26%
Desert Semidesert  -
Coastline Sea cliffs and rocky shores  -
Artificial - terrestrial Arable land; Perennial crops, orchards and groves; Ruderal land  -
Rocky areas Inland cliffs  -

Land use

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

Protection status National Low International None250 ha of IBA covered by Regional Park (Cabo Cope-Puntas Calnegre, 2,936 ha). 1,960 ha of IBA covered by Protected Landscape (Sierra de las Moreras, 1,960 ha).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2015) Important Bird Areas factsheet: La Almenara mountain range-Cape Cope. Downloaded from on 19/04/2015

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