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Location Spain, Baleares
Central coordinates 1o 28.00' East  38o 40.00' North
IBA criteria A1, A4i, A4ii, B1i, B1ii, B2, B3, C1, C2, C3, C6
Area 1,800 ha
Altitude 0 - 200m
Year of IBA assessment 2007


Site description A peninsula in eastern Formentera with high coastal cliffs. The main human activities are arable agriculture and hunting.

Key Biodiversity An important site for breeding seabirds, particularly Puffinus yelkouan, and cliff-nesting raptors. Species of global conservation concern that do not meet IBA criteria: Larus audouinii (10 resident pairs).

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Balearic Shearwater Puffinus mauretanicus breeding  1991  853-1,400 breeding pairs  poor  A1, A4ii, B1ii, B2, C1, C2, C6  Critically Endangered 
European Shag Phalacrocorax aristotelis breeding  1995  50-60 breeding pairs  good  B1i, C2, C6  Least Concern 
Larus cachinnans resident  1995  2,100-2,200 breeding pairs  good  A4i, B1i, C3  Not Recognised 
Marmora's Warbler Sylvia sarda resident  1996  150 breeding pairs  poor  B3  Least Concern 


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Native coniferous woodland  20%
Shrubland Sclerophyllous scrub, garrigue and maquis  15%
Coastline Sea cliffs and rocky shores  -
Artificial - terrestrial Arable land; Other urban and industrial areas; Perennial crops, orchards and groves  40%
Caves and subterranean habitats (non-aquatic) Caves  -

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture -

Protection status National None International None

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2015) Important Bird Areas factsheet: La Mola of Formentera. Downloaded from on 07/10/2015

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