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Location Spain, Cataluña
Central coordinates 1o 8.00' East  41o 40.00' North
IBA criteria A1, B1iii, B2, C1, C2, C6
Area 62,500 ha
Altitude 200 - 829m
Year of IBA assessment 2000


Site description A steppe area in the Ebro valley dominated by cereal crops and locally olive- and almond-groves. In the higher areas Quercus and Pinus woodlands occur.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Red-legged Partridge Alectoris rufa resident  1995  10,000-15,000 breeding pairs  poor  B2  Least Concern 
Montagu's Harrier Circus pygargus breeding  1996  15-20 breeding pairs  good  C6  Least Concern 
Bonelli's Eagle Aquila fasciata non-breeding  1994  20-70 individuals  good  B1iii, C2  Least Concern 
Short-toed Snake-eagle Circaetus gallicus breeding  1995  10-15 breeding pairs  poor  C6  Least Concern 
Little Bustard Tetrax tetrax resident  1995  600-1,000 breeding pairs  good  A1, B2, C1, C6  Near Threatened 
Burhinus oedicnemus breeding  1995  600-700 breeding pairs  good  B2, C2, C6  Not Recognised 
Black-bellied Sandgrouse Pterocles orientalis resident  1995  10 breeding pairs  good  C6  Least Concern 
European Roller Coracias garrulus breeding  1995  40-50 breeding pairs  good  B2, C6  Near Threatened 
European Bee-eater Merops apiaster breeding  1995  850 breeding pairs  medium  B2  Least Concern 
Calandra Lark Melanocorypha calandra resident  1995  5,200-7,900 breeding pairs  good  B2  Least Concern 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Aiguabarreig Segre-Noguera Pallaresa - ES5130014 Birds Directive 10,113 protected area is adjacent to site 0  
Anglesola-Vilagrassa - ES0000321 Birds Directive 857 protected area contained by site 857  
Bellmunt-Almenara - ES5130025 Habitats Directive 3,464 protected area contained by site 3,464  
Granyena - ES0000322 Birds Directive 6,646 protected area overlaps with site 2,954  
Plans de Sió - ES5130036 Habitats Directive 5,290 protected area contained by site 5,290  
Secans de Belianes-Preixana - ES5130037 Habitats Directive 1,925 protected area contained by site 1,925  
Secans de la Noguera - ES5130021 Birds Directive 8,960 protected area overlaps with site 5,386  
Valls del Sió-Llobregós - ES5130016 Habitats Directive 26,847 protected area overlaps with site 11,277  
Vessants de la Noguera Ribagorçana - ES5130032 Birds Directive 6,524 protected area overlaps with site 793  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Alluvial and very wet forest; Broadleaved deciduous woodland; Broadleaved evergreen woodland; Mixed woodland; Native coniferous woodland  10%
Shrubland Sclerophyllous scrub, garrigue and maquis  5%
Grassland Steppes and dry calcareous grassland  5%
Wetlands (inland) Rivers and streams; Water fringe vegetation  1%
Artificial - terrestrial Arable land; Other urban and industrial areas; Perennial crops, orchards and groves  85%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture 90%
forestry 10%
hunting 100%

Protection status National None International None

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Lerida steppes. Downloaded from on 24/09/2014

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