The site includes a huge reservoir and surrounding dry grasslands, sclerophyllous scrub, dehesa, olive-groves and arable land. There are some old Pinus plantations. Human activities include sheep-grazing, forestry, hunting and recreation.
This is an important site for breeding storks, raptors and steppic species and wintering Grus grus.
Pressure/threats to key biodiversity
The main threats are from irrigation of arable land, disturbance from recreational use of the reservoir, and plans for a new road.
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BirdLife International (2020) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Alcántara reservoir-Cuatro Lugares. Downloaded from
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