ES020
Picos de Europa mountain range


Country/territory: Spain

IBA Criteria met: A1, A3, B1iii, B2, C1, C2, C6 (2011)
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Area: 132,000 ha

Protection status:

SEO/BirdLife
Most recent IBA monitoring assessment
Year of assessment Threat score (pressure) Condition score (state) Action score (response)
2008 very high favourable medium
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Site description
A rugged limestone karst landscape, with expanses of rocks, cliffs, two deep gorges and two small mountain lakes. Grasslands predominate, but in the lower areas there are extensive deciduous woods. Human activities include tourism, livestock-farming and game hunting.

Key biodiversity
Breeding birds include four of the 10 species in Europe that are restricted to the Eurasian high-montane biome (when breeding).


Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2019) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Picos de Europa mountain range. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 16/12/2019.