Mountain range and saltpans at Cabo de Gata

Country/territory: Spain

IBA criteria met: A1, A3, A4i, B1i, B2, C1, C2, C6 (2011)
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Area: 46,701 ha


Site description (baseline)
The site includes coastal mountains with dry vegetation and an area of saltpans, that supports steppe vegetation. The main human activities are arable and livestock-farming, salt production and tourism.

Key biodiversity
Breeding birds include four of the 20 species in Europe that are restricted to the Mediterranean biome (when breeding).

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Area factsheet: Mountain range and saltpans at Cabo de Gata. Downloaded from on 01/06/2023.