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Location Portugal, Madeiran Archipelago
Central coordinates 16o 41.00' West  32o 44.00' North
IBA criteria A2, A4ii, B1ii, B2, B3, C2, C6
Area 321 ha
Altitude 0 - 163m
Year of IBA assessment 2002

Sociedade Portuguesa para o Estudo das Aves



Site description Rocky peninsula with cliffs and small islets that comprise the oriental tip of Madeira. Presents two main islets: the Ilhéuda Cevada or Ilhéu dos Desembarcadouros, and the Ilhéu do Farol at east extreme. The whole area is covered by shrubs and grass. Human activity includes hunting and tourism.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Little Shearwater Puffinus assimilis breeding  2001  rare [units unknown]  C6  Least Concern 
Bulwer's Petrel Bulweria bulwerii breeding  2000  118-177 breeding pairs  medium  A4ii, B1ii, B2, C2, C6  Least Concern 
Madeiran Storm-petrel Oceanodroma castro resident  2000  common [units unknown]  A4ii, B1ii, B2, C2, C6  Least Concern 
Roseate Tern Sterna dougallii breeding  1993  rare [units unknown]  C6  Least Concern 
Common Tern Sterna hirundo breeding  2002  common [units unknown]  C6  Least Concern 
Plain Swift Apus unicolor resident  2002  abundant [units unknown]  A2, B3  Least Concern 
Berthelot's Pipit Anthus berthelotii resident  2002  abundant [units unknown]  A2, B3  Least Concern 
Island Canary Serinus canaria resident  2002  abundant [units unknown]  A2, B3  Least Concern 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Ilheu dos Desembarcadouros Strict Nature Reserve 0 protected area contained by site 0  
Laurisilva da Madeira - PTMAD0001 Birds Directive 13,355 protected area is adjacent to site 0  
Parque Natural da Madeira Nature Park 0 protected area contains site 340  
Ponta de S. Lourenço - PTMAD0003 Habitats Directive 2,043 protected area overlaps with site 279  
Ponta de Sao Lourenco Partial Nature Reserve 0 protected area contained by site 0  

Habitats

IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Shrubland Sclerophyllous scrub, garrigue and maquis  -
Grassland Steppes and dry calcareous grassland  -
Coastline Rock stacks and islets; Sea cliffs and rocky shores  -
Sea Sea inlets and coastal features  -

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
tourism/recreation -
nature conservation and research -
fisheries/aquaculture -
hunting -

Protection status National Nature Park of Madeira, Partial Nature Reserve (Ponta de São Lourenço) and Strict Nature Reserve (Ilheu dos Desembarcadouros). International

Related state of the world's birds case studies

References Bannerman & Bannerman (1963), Zino & Biscoito (1994), Câmara (1997), Oliveira (1999)

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Ponta de São Lourenço. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 24/04/2014

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