Mountains of Barcelona

Site description (2000 baseline):

Site location and context
Calcareous mountains covered by Pinus forests and above 600 m by Quercus forest. The adjacent plain contains cereal crops, maquis and alluvial forest.

Key biodiversity
This is an important area for species characteristic of the Mediterranean region, and cliff-nesting species.

Pressure/threats to key biodiversity
Threats in the mountains include land abandonment, fires, hunting, the erection of powerlines, and uncontrolled recreational activities which cause particular disturbance to raptors. In the plains, increasing urban development is a major threat.

Protected areas
National Partial International None3,630 ha of IBA covered by Natural Park (Muntanya de Montserrat, 3,630 ha). 9,638 ha of IBA covered by Natural Park (Sant Llorenc de Munt i L'Obac, 9,638 ha).

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2024) Important Bird Area factsheet: Mountains of Barcelona. Downloaded from on 23/02/2024.