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Location Spain, Galicia
Central coordinates 7o 40.00' West  42o 10.00' North
IBA criteria C6
Area 32,800 ha
Altitude 610 - 905m
Year of IBA assessment 2000


Site description The site encompasses a former lagoon that has now been drained. Relict humid grasslands and patches of Quercus robur woodland remain, surrounded by arable agriculture.

Key Biodiversity The site is important for breeding species associated with a mosaic of arable land, grassland and woodland.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
White Stork Ciconia ciconia breeding  1992  13 breeding pairs  good  C6  Least Concern 
Montagu's Harrier Circus pygargus breeding  1995  15 breeding pairs  poor  C6  Least Concern 
Little Bustard Tetrax tetrax non-breeding  1996  60 individuals  poor  C6  Near Threatened 
Burhinus oedicnemus resident  1989  15-50 breeding pairs  poor  C6  Not Recognised 


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Broadleaved deciduous woodland  15%
Shrubland Heathland; Scrub  20%
Grassland Humid grasslands  5%
Artificial - terrestrial Arable land; Highly improved re-seeded landscapes  60%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture 70%
hunting -
not utilised 10%

Protection status National None International None

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: La Limia. Downloaded from on 25/10/2016

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