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Upper River Douro and Águeda valleys
6o 46.00' West 41o 4.00' North
B2, C2, C6
150 - 771m
Year of IBA assessment
Sociedade Portuguesa para o Estudo das Aves
Site description The central area of the site is constituted by little plateaus cross-cut by river valleis that run up to river Douro, where abound marshes rounded by hedgerows, crop-lands, vineyards, etc...Shrublands of cistus, genistas and holm oak are also important and forest of oaks and cork trees.
Key Biodiversity The cliffs provide exceptionally good breeding habitat for raptors and other soaring birds that feed in near plateaus where agricultural and cattle breeding activities are developed. Is also important for mediterranean and pseudo-steppic birds.
Protection statusNational:Parque Natural do Douro Internacional, 85,146 ha, includes all the IBA.Special Protection Area Douro Internacional e Vale do rio Águeda, 50744ha overlaps with IBA.SIC proposal Douro Internacional,36187ha, includes 33756ha of IBA.International:Special Protection Area Douro Internacional e Vale do rio Águeda, Candidature SIC Douro Internacional.
References Araujo, Neves & Rufino(1994)Monteiro (1995,1999,2000)Berliner(1996,2001)S:N:P:R:C:N.(1992)
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