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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.

Key Biodiversity This is an important area for steppic species and dispersing juvenile raptors. Species of global conservation concern that do not meet IBA criteria: Falco naumanni (7-15 breeding pairs).

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 

IBA Monitoring

2008 very high not assessed negligible
Poor - based on little, or potentially unreliable/unrepresentative, data

Agricultural expansion and intensification livestock farming and ranching (includes forest grazing) - small-holder grazing, ranching or farming happening now whole area/population (>90%) very rapid to severe deterioration very high
Over-exploitation, persecution and control of species direct mortality of trigger species - persecution/control happening now whole area/population (>90%) slow but significant deterioration high
Transportation and service corridors utility & service lines happening now some of area/population (10-49%) moderate to rapid deterioration high

Some of site covered (10-49%)  Not assessed  Not assessed  negligible 

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 27/11/2014

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