Central ranges of the Cantabric mountains

Country/territory: Spain

IBA Criteria met: A1, B2, C1, C6 (2011)
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Area: 106,643 ha


Site description
A mountainous area in the central Cordillera Cantábrica, between Asturias and León. The area is crossed by deep valleys, with grasslands and deciduous woodland, and scrub and rocky areas at higher altitudes. The main human activities are forestry, game hunting and tourism.

Key biodiversity
This is an important area for breeding raptors, particularly Neophron percnopterus and Aquila chrysaetos, and for breeding forest species.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Central ranges of the Cantabric mountains. Downloaded from on 28/01/2023.