Year of compilation: 2000

Site description
An large, semi-arid, treeless plain in the north-east of Zamora province. Mainly non-irrigated arable cultivation with patches of grassland between the cultivated fields and surrounding seasonal saline lagoons.

Key biodiversity
This is a very important area for breeding steppic species. The lagoons are important for breeding and passage waterbirds. Species of global conservation concern that do not meet IBA criteria: Tetrax tetrax (40 breeding individuals).

Pressure/threats to key biodiversity
The main threats are from a new irrigation project.

Protected areas
National High International High32,682 ha of IBA covered by National Game Reserve (Lagunas de Villafafila, 32,682 ha). 2,854 ha of IBA covered by Ramsar Site (Lagunas de Villafáfila, 2,854 ha). 32,682 ha of IBA covered by Special Protection Area (Villafáfila, 32,682 ha).

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2021) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Villafáfila. Downloaded from on 17/01/2021.