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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

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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.

Key Biodiversity The site is important for breeding seabirds and raptors.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
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 
Osprey Pandion haliaetus resident  1992  2 breeding pairs  good  C6  Least Concern 

IBA Monitoring

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

Agricultural expansion and intensification livestock farming and ranching (includes forest grazing) - small-holder grazing, ranching or farming happening now whole area/population (>90%) moderate to rapid deterioration very high
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 - unspecified species happening now whole area/population (>90%) moderate to rapid deterioration very high
Invasive and other problematic species and genes problematic native species/diseases - named species 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 whole area/population (>90%) very rapid to severe deterioration very high
Over-exploitation, persecution and control of species hunting & collecting terrestrial animals - unintentional effects (species is not the target) happening now whole area/population (>90%) very rapid to severe deterioration very high
Pollution domestic & urban waste water - type unknown/unrecorded happening now some of area/population (10-49%) slow but significant deterioration medium
Pollution garbage & solid waste happening now majority/most of area/population (50-90%) slow but significant deterioration high
Pollution industrial & military effluents - type unknown/unrecorded happening now small area/few individuals (<10%) slow but significant deterioration low
Residential and commercial development tourism and recreation areas happening now small area/few individuals (<10%) very rapid to severe deterioration low
Transportation and service corridors utility & service lines happening now some of area/population (10-49%) slow but significant deterioration medium

Calonectris diomedea 300 300 individuals 100 favourable
Hydrobates castro 3 3 breeding pairs 100 favourable
Falco eleonorae Eleonora's Falcon 10 10 adults only 100 favourable
Neophron percnopterus Egyptian Vulture 2 2 individuals 100 favourable
Pandion haliaetus Osprey 2 2 adults only 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  Very little or no conservation action taking place  low 

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  

Habitats

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 (2015) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Famara crag. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 25/04/2015

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