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Location Spain, Islas Canarias
Central coordinates 13o 30.00' West  29o 14.00' North
IBA criteria A4ii, A4iii, B1ii, B1iii, B2, B3, C2, C4, C6
Area 4,000 ha
Altitude 0 - 266m
Year of IBA assessment 2000

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Site description A group of five rocky islands that support drought-resistant vegetation: La Graciosa (coordinates as above), Montaña Clara (29°17'N, 13°32'W), Roque del Este (29°18'N, 13°31'W), Roque del Oeste (29°16'N, 13°20'W) and Alegranza (29°23'N, 13°30'W). Human activities are mainly related to conservation and research, and fishing.

Key Biodiversity The site holds some of the highest numbers of breeding seabirds and raptors in the Canaries.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Osprey Pandion haliaetus resident  1995  2-3 breeding pairs  medium  C6  Least Concern 
White-faced Storm-petrel Pelagodroma marina breeding  1987  10-15 breeding pairs  medium  C6  Least Concern 
Barbary Partridge Alectoris barbara resident  1996  6 breeding pairs  poor  B2  Least Concern 
Calonectris diomedea breeding  1987  8,575-11,075 breeding pairs  medium  A4ii, B1ii, B2, C2, C6  Not Recognised 
Puffinus assimilis breeding  1987  50-60 breeding pairs  medium  B1ii, B2, C2, C6  Not Recognised 
Bulwer's Petrel Bulweria bulwerii breeding  1987  185-210 breeding pairs  medium  B1ii, B2, C2, C6  Least Concern 
Band-rumped Storm-petrel Hydrobates castro breeding  1987  70-100 breeding pairs  medium  B1ii, B2, C2, C6  Least Concern 
European Storm-petrel Hydrobates pelagicus breeding  1987  340-540 breeding pairs  medium  B1ii, B2, C2, C6  Least Concern 
Eleonora's Falcon Falco eleonorae breeding  1988  66-100 breeding pairs  medium  A4ii, B1iii, B2, C2, C6  Least Concern 
Egyptian Vulture Neophron percnopterus breeding  1988  3-4 breeding pairs  medium  B2, C6  Endangered 
Berthelot's Pipit Anthus berthelotii resident  1996  abundant  B3  Least Concern 
A4iii Species group - waterbirds breeding  1987  10,000 breeding pairs  unknown  A4iii, C4   

IBA Monitoring

2008 high favourable medium
  Population
Medium - based upon reliable but incomplete / partially representative data

Agricultural expansion and intensification annual & perennial non-timber crops - small-holder farming happening now small area/few individuals (<10%) slow but significant deterioration low
Agricultural expansion and intensification livestock farming and ranching (includes forest grazing) - small-holder grazing, ranching or farming happening now some of area/population (10-49%) slow but significant deterioration medium
Human intrusions and disturbance recreational activities happening now some of area/population (10-49%) moderate to rapid deterioration high
Invasive and other problematic species and genes invasive non-native/alien species/diseases - named species happening now majority/most of area/population (50-90%) moderate to rapid deterioration high
Invasive and other problematic species and genes problematic native species/diseases - named species likely in short term (within 4 years) some of area/population (10-49%) slow but significant deterioration medium
Over-exploitation, persecution and control of species fishing & harvesting aquatic resources - unintentional effects: large scale happening now majority/most of area/population (50-90%) moderate to rapid deterioration high
Over-exploitation, persecution and control of species hunting & collecting terrestrial animals - intentional use (species being assessed is the target) happening now some of area/population (10-49%) moderate to rapid deterioration high
Pollution domestic & urban waste water - type unknown/unrecorded happening now some of area/population (10-49%) slow but significant deterioration medium
Pollution excess energy - light pollution happening now some of area/population (10-49%) moderate to rapid deterioration high
Pollution excess energy - noise pollution happening now some of area/population (10-49%) moderate to rapid deterioration high
Pollution garbage & solid waste happening now some of area/population (10-49%) moderate to rapid deterioration high
Pollution industrial & military effluents - oil spills happening now some of area/population (10-49%) moderate to rapid deterioration high
Residential and commercial development housing and urban areas happening now some of area/population (10-49%) slow but significant deterioration medium

Bulweria bulwerii Bulwer's Petrel 210 210 individuals 100 favourable

Whole area of site (>90%) covered by appropriate conservation designation  A management plan exists but it is out of date or not comprehensive  Substantive conservation measures are being implemented but these are not comprehensive and are limited by resources and capacity  medium 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Archipiélago Chinijo Nature Park 9,112 protected area contains site 4,000  
Archipiélago Chinijo - ES7010045 Habitats Directive 8,865 protected area overlaps with site 455  
Islotes del norte de Lanzarote y Famara - ES0000040 Birds Directive 17,864 protected area overlaps with site 1,044  
Los Islotes Integral Natural Reserve 165 protected area contained by site 165  
Los Islotes - ES7010044 Habitats Directive 151 protected area contained by site 151  
Sebadales de La Graciosa - ES7010020 Habitats Directive 1,192 protected area overlaps with site 68  

Local conservation groups The local conservation groups below are working to support conservation at this IBA.

Name Year formed
ADENA 0
Amigos de la Pardela Cenicienta 0

Habitats

IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Desert Semidesert  -
Coastline Rock stacks and islets; Sand dunes & beaches; Shingle & stony beaches  -

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
fisheries/aquaculture -
nature conservation and research 100%

Protection status National High International Partial4,000 ha of IBA covered by Natural Park (Archipiélago Chinijo, 9,112 ha). 165 ha of IBA covered by Integral Nature Reserve (Los Islotes, 165 ha). 1,722 ha of IBA covered by Special Protection Area (Islotes del Norte de Lanzarote y Riscos de Famara, 1,722 ha).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Lanzarote islets. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 26/12/2014

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