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Location Spain, Andalucía,Murcia
Central coordinates 1o 0.00' West  37o 35.00' North
IBA criteria A1, A4i, B1i, B2, C1, C2, C6
Area 300 ha
Altitude 0 - 100m
Year of IBA assessment 2000


Site description This site includes six small, rocky, sparsely vegetated islets, close to the coast of Murcia and Almería.

Key Biodiversity This is an important site for breeding seabirds.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Calonectris diomedea breeding  1996  100 breeding pairs  good  C6  Not Recognised 
European Storm-petrel Hydrobates pelagicus breeding  1996  29 breeding pairs  good  C6  Least Concern 
Audouin's Gull Larus audouinii resident  1996  450 breeding pairs  good  A1, A4i, B1i, B2, C1, C2, C6  Near Threatened 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
FONDOS MARINOS LEVANTE ALMERIENSE - ES6110010 Habitats Directive 10,703 protected area is adjacent to site 0  
Franja Litoral Sumergida de la Región de Murcia - ES6200029 Habitats Directive 12,827 protected area overlaps with site 22  
ISLA CUEVA LOBOS - ES0000270 Birds Directive 28 protected area is adjacent to site 0  
ISLA DE LAS PALOMAS - ES0000271 Birds Directive 28 protected area overlaps with site 16  
ISLA GROSA - ES0000200 Birds Directive 18 protected area overlaps with site 223  
Islas e Islotes del Litoral Mediterráneo - ES6200007 Habitats Directive 41 protected area overlaps with site 260  
ISLAS HORMIGAS - ES0000256 Birds Directive 154 protected area is adjacent to site 0  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Coastline Rock stacks and islets  100%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
military -
nature conservation and research -

Protection status National None International None

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2015) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Littoral islets of Murcia and Almería. Downloaded from on 29/03/2015

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