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Location Spain, País Valenciano
Central coordinates 0o 31.00' West  38o 45.00' North
IBA criteria B2, B3, C6
Area 102,000 ha
Altitude 230 - 1,390m
Year of IBA assessment 2000


Site description An area of mountains between the provinces of Valencia and Alicante with well conserved Mediterranean forest. Human activities include forestry, hunting and agriculture.

Key Biodiversity This is an important site for species typical of Mediterranean habitats and cliff-nesting raptors.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Falco peregrinus resident  1995  10 breeding pairs  good  C6  Not Recognised 
Bonelli's Eagle Aquila fasciata resident  1995  8-9 breeding pairs  good  B2, C6  Least Concern 
Golden Eagle Aquila chrysaetos resident  1995  5 breeding pairs  good  C6  Least Concern 
Stock Dove Columba oenas resident  1995  360 breeding pairs  poor  B3  Least Concern 
Eurasian Eagle-owl Bubo bubo resident  1995  12 breeding pairs  medium  C6  Least Concern 
European Bee-eater Merops apiaster breeding  1995  230 breeding pairs  poor  B2  Least Concern 
Red-billed Chough Pyrrhocorax pyrrhocorax resident  1995  100 breeding pairs  poor  B2  Least Concern 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Carrascal de la Font Roja Nature Park 2,450 protected area contained by site 2,450  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Broadleaved evergreen woodland; Native coniferous woodland  35%
Shrubland Sclerophyllous scrub, garrigue and maquis  50%
Grassland Steppes and dry calcareous grassland  30%
Rocky areas Inland cliffs; Scree & boulders  5%
Artificial - terrestrial Perennial crops, orchards and groves  20%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture 20%
forestry 30%
hunting 75%

Protection status National None International Low2,450 ha of IBA covered by Natural Park (Carrascal de la Font Roja, 2,450 ha).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: La Safor and North Alicante mountain ranges. Downloaded from on 28/10/2016

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