A mountainous area comprising the Montes Aquilanos and the Sierra del Teleno ranges. The vegetation is a mixture of deciduous and mixed forest, scrub, Pinus plantations and alpine grasslands. Human activities include hunting and forestry.
This is an important area for cliff-nesting raptors and forest birds. Species of global conservation concern that do not meet IBA criteria: Falco naumanni (100 non-breeding individuals).
Pressure/threats to key biodiversity
The main threats are from frequent fires, development of skiing infra-structure, hydro-power schemes and the afforestation of grasslands.
National Low International Partial1,115 ha of IBA covered by Natural Monument (Las Médulas, 1,115 ha). IBA overlaps with World Heritage Site (Las Médulas).
BirdLife International (2022) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Montes Aquilanos range. Downloaded from
http://www.birdlife.org on 18/01/2022.