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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 michahellis 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 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Area marina Platja de Migjorn - ES5310111 Habitats Directive 2,010 protected area is adjacent to site 0  
Area marina Platja de Tramuntana - ES5310110 Habitats Directive 1,408 protected area is adjacent to site 0  
La Mola - ES5310024 Birds Directive 2,181 protected area overlaps with site 1,065  


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 28/03/2015

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