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Central ranges of the Cantabric mountains


Year of compilation: 2000

Site description
A mountainous area in the central Cordillera Cantábrica, between Asturias and León. The area is crossed by deep valleys, with grasslands and deciduous woodland, and scrub and rocky areas at higher altitudes. The main human activities are forestry, game hunting and tourism.



Key biodiversity
This is an important area for breeding raptors, particularly Neophron percnopterus and Aquila chrysaetos, and for breeding forest species.



Pressure/threats to key biodiversity
Enlargement of the ski infrastructure, tourism and dams are the main threats. Woodland fires and grassland fires, used to provide grazing, are also problems.



Protected areas
National Partial International None29,834 ha of IBA covered by National Game Reserve (Caso, 29,834 ha). 1,500 ha of IBA covered by National Game Reserve (Piloña, 10,492 ha). 20,082 ha of IBA covered by National Game Reserve (Ponga, 20,082 ha). 30,000 ha of IBA covered by Natural Park (Reres, 45,000 ha). 150 ha of IBA covered by National Game Reserve (Rioseco, 150 ha).




Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2022) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Central ranges of the Cantabric mountains. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 10/08/2022.