Sites - Important Bird and Biodiversity Areas (IBAs)
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South-west coast of Portugal
8o 50.00' West 37o 22.00' North
B1iii, C2, C3, C6
0 - 217m
Year of IBA assessment
Sociedade Portuguesa para o Estudo das Aves
Site description Extensive area, following coast-line, that comprises the atlantic coastal band between S. Torpes and the Burgau. Alternate dunes and sandy zones, cliffs and ravines, islets and rocks, with water lines where included firths, rivers and streams. From the main water courses that dischargue in this area, River Mira and Riveira de Odeceixe are to relate. This IBA's territory can be divided in three areas: the litoral plateau, between S. Torpes and Vila do Bispo, mainly sandy, it represents the most continous and large area; the litoral mountains, that border at the East the big plateau; and the barrocal (place full of ruts, crags and caves), that begins at S. Vicente's coast and extends to the East, in a little calcareous hills chain.
Key Biodiversity Important nesting area for rupicolous birds, like Falco peregrinus. passage zone for soaring birds and transahrian migratory passerines. Last iberian breeding area for Pandion haliaetus, recently extinct.The only european site where Ciconia ciconia nests in cliffs and rocky islets. Areas of agricultural plateaus are important for steppic non-breeding species like Tetrax tetrax, Otis tarda and Burhinus oedicnemus.
Rock stacks and islets; Salt marshes; Sand dunes & beaches; Scree and boulders; Sea cliffs and rocky shores; Shingle & stony beaches; Tidal rivers & enclosed tidal waters
Artificial - terrestrial
Arable land; Forestry plantations; Other urban and industrial areas; Perennial crops, orchards and groves
Open Sea; Sea inlets and coastal features
Extent (% of site)
nature conservation and research
Protection statusNational Natural Park Sudoeste Alentejano e Costa Vicentina; Special Protection Area Costa Sudoeste; SCI propossal Costa Sudoeste.International Special Protection Area Costa Sudoeste; SCI propossal Costa Sudoeste; Biogenetic Reserve (Council of Europe) Ponta de Sagres.