Alcarama mountain and Alhama river

Country/territory: Spain

IBA criteria met: A1, C1, C2, C6 (2011)
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Area: 12,061 ha


Site description (2000 baseline)
A mountainous area in the Northern Iberian mountain range, including the Alhama river valley. The site comprises limestone cliffs, deforested slopes with open scrub, dry grassland and occasional patches of Quercus woodland. There are also small areas of cereal cultivation, olive-groves and orchards. The area is used for cattle-grazing.

Key biodiversity
The site is important for cliff-nesting raptors, with the largest Gyps fulvus colony in La Rioja.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Area factsheet: Alcarama mountain and Alhama river. Downloaded from on 07/12/2023.