Montesinho and Nogueira mountains

Year of compilation: 2002

Site description
A series of mountain ranges (Coroa, Montesinho and Nogueira), located in the north-east corner of Portugal, with a continental-type climate. There is a vast forest of deciduous oak Quercus pyrenaica, together with heathland and other shrublands.

Key biodiversity
The area holds a very diversified bird fauna, with over 126 breeding species.These mountains support important numbers of breeding raptors

Pressure/threats to key biodiversity
The area is relatively unaffected by human activities, although the abandonment of agriculture is reducing landscape diversity, through regeneration of forest-cover and loss of the patchwork of open areas. Firewood-collection in the deciduous forests, allied to lack of management, is preventing the development of forest stands of high ecological quality.

Protected areas
National:Natural Park (Montesinho, 74618 ha included in IBA)Special Protection Area (Serras de Montesinho e Nogueira, 108089 ha overlaps with IBA) SIC ProposalMontesinho/NogueiraInternational:Special Protection Area Serras de Montesinho e Nogueira; SIC candidature Montesinho/Nogueira

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2021) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Montesinho and Nogueira mountains. Downloaded from on 25/09/2021.