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Location Spain, Comunidad de Madrid
Central coordinates 3o 40.00' West  40o 0.00' North
IBA criteria C6
Area 18,000 ha
Altitude 450 - 700m
Year of IBA assessment 2000


Site description A section of the Tagus river with well conserved riverine forests and several reedbeds (Phragmites).

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Black-crowned Night-heron Nycticorax nycticorax breeding  1995  17 breeding pairs  good  C6  Least Concern 
Western Marsh-harrier Circus aeruginosus resident  1994  7 breeding pairs  good  C6  Least Concern 
Great Bustard Otis tarda resident  1994  20-24 breeding pairs  medium  C6  Vulnerable 
Himantopus himantopus resident  1992  110-115 breeding pairs  medium  C6  Not Recognised 
Red-billed Chough Pyrrhocorax pyrrhocorax resident  1994  50-60 breeding pairs  medium  C6  Least Concern 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Carrizal de Villamejor Natural Reserve 56 protected area contained by site 56  
Carrizales y sotos de Aranjuez - ES0000119 Birds Directive 14,972 protected area contained by site 14,972  
CARRIZALES Y SOTOS DEL JARAMA Y TAJO - ES0000438 Birds Directive 1,689 protected area overlaps with site 1,215  
Cortados y cantiles de los r Birds Directive 27,961 protected area is adjacent to site 0  
El Regajal--Mar de Ontígola Natural Reserve 635 protected area contained by site 635  
ESTEPAS SALINAS DE TOLEDO - ES4250008 Habitats Directive 679 protected area is adjacent to site 0  
Vegas, cuestas y páramos del sureste de Madrid - ES3110006 Habitats Directive 51,170 protected area overlaps with site 14,282  
YESARES DEL VALLE DEL TAJO - ES4250009 Habitats Directive 28,033 protected area is adjacent to site 0  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Alluvial and very wet forest  -
Shrubland Sclerophyllous scrub, garrigue and maquis  8%
Grassland Steppes and dry calcareous grassland  40%
Wetlands (inland) Rivers and streams; Standing freshwater  -
Artificial - terrestrial Arable land; Forestry plantations  50%

Land use

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

Protection status National Low International Partial56 ha of IBA covered by Natural Reserve (Carrizal de Villamejor, 56 ha). 635 ha of IBA covered by Natural Reserve (El Regajal-Mar de Ontígola, 635 ha). 15,520 ha of IBA covered by Special Protection Area (Carrizales y Sotos de Aranjuez, 15,520 ha).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Redbeeds and copses of Aranjuez. Downloaded from on 16/09/2014

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