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Location Spain, Islas Canarias
Central coordinates 13o 30.00' West  29o 11.00' North
IBA criteria B2, C2, C6
Area 1,350 ha
Altitude 0 - 600m
Year of IBA assessment 2000


Site description High sea cliffs on Lanzarote with accumulations of landslide and erosion debris at the base of many sectors. The cliffs support drought-resistant vegetation. Human activities include fishing and tourism, and there is a designated military zone.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Osprey Pandion haliaetus resident  1992  2 breeding pairs  good  C6  Least Concern 
Barbary Partridge Alectoris barbara resident  1996  abundant  B2, C6  Least Concern 
Calonectris diomedea breeding  1994  300 breeding pairs  poor  B2, C2  Not Recognised 
Band-rumped Storm-petrel Hydrobates castro breeding  1996  3 breeding pairs  poor  B2  Least Concern 
Eleonora's Falcon Falco eleonorae breeding  1987  10 breeding pairs  poor  B2, C6  Least Concern 
Egyptian Vulture Neophron percnopterus breeding  1994  1-2 breeding pairs  medium  B2, C6  Endangered 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Archipiélago Chinijo Nature Park 9,112 protected area contains site 1,350  
Archipiélago Chinijo - ES7010045 Habitats Directive 8,865 protected area overlaps with site 1,072  
Islotes del norte de Lanzarote y Famara - ES0000040 Birds Directive 17,864 protected area overlaps with site 1,072  
La Corona - ES7010047 Habitats Directive 2,602 protected area is adjacent to site 0  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Desert Semidesert  -
Coastline Salt marshes; Sand dunes & beaches; Sea cliffs and rocky shores  -

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
fisheries/aquaculture -
military -
tourism/recreation -

Protection status National High International High1,350 ha of IBA covered by Natural Park (Archipiélago Chinijo, 9,112 ha). 1,350 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: Famara crag. Downloaded from on 21/10/2014

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