Upper River Douro and Águeda valleys

Country/territory: Portugal

IBA Criteria met: B2, C2, C6 (2002)
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Area: 50,744 ha

Sociedade Portuguesa para o Estudo das Aves
Most recent IBA monitoring assessment
Year of assessment Threat score (pressure) Condition score (state) Action score (response)
2005 low not assessed not assessed
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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.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2021) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Upper River Douro and Águeda valleys. Downloaded from on 26/09/2021.