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.
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.
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).
BirdLife International (2021) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Villafáfila. Downloaded from
http://www.birdlife.org on 17/01/2021.