South-west coast of Portugal

Country/territory: Portugal

IBA Criteria met: B1iii, B2, C2, C3, C6 (2002)
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Area: 74,562 ha

Sociedade Portuguesa para o Estudo das Aves
Most recent IBA monitoring assessment
Year of assessment Threat score (pressure) Condition score (state) Action score (response)
2005 low not assessed not assessed
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Site description
Extensive area, following coast-line, that comprises the atlantic coastal band between S. Torpes and the Burgau. Alternate dunes and sandy zones, cliffs and ravines, islets and rocks, with water lines where included firths, rivers and streams. From the main water courses that dischargue in this area, River Mira and Riveira de Odeceixe are to relate. This IBA's territory can be divided in three areas: the litoral plateau, between S. Torpes and Vila do Bispo, mainly sandy, it represents the most continous and large area; the litoral mountains, that border at the East the big plateau; and the barrocal (place full of ruts, crags and caves), that begins at S. Vicente's coast and extends to the East, in a little calcareous hills chain.

Key biodiversity
Important nesting area for rupicolous birds, like Falco peregrinus. passage zone for soaring birds and transahrian migratory passerines. Last iberian breeding area for Pandion haliaetus, recently extinct.The only european site where Ciconia ciconia nests in cliffs and rocky islets. Areas of agricultural plateaus are important for steppic non-breeding species like Tetrax tetrax, Otis tarda and Burhinus oedicnemus.

Raptors MOU - IBA listed under Table 3 of the Memorandum of Understanding on the Conservation of Migratory Birds of Prey in Africa and Eurasia

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Areas factsheet: South-west coast of Portugal. Downloaded from on 31/03/2023.