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Location Spain, Islas Canarias
Central coordinates 13o 49.00' West  28o 45.00' North
IBA criteria A4ii, B1ii, B2, C2, C6
Area 468 ha
Altitude 0 - 127m
Year of IBA assessment 2000

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Site description Island situated off the north coast of Fuerteventura, with lava fields and some sandy areas. Human activities include fishing and tourism.

Key Biodiversity The site is very important for seabirds, and also for raptors and some steppic species. The coastline provides feeding opportunities for migrating herons (Ardeidae), waders and gulls (Laridae).

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Calonectris diomedea breeding  1987  1,000-2,000 breeding pairs  good  A4ii, B1ii, B2, C2, C6  Not Recognised 
Puffinus assimilis breeding  1987  20-30 breeding pairs  good  B1ii, B2, C2, C6  Not Recognised 
Band-rumped Storm-petrel Hydrobates castro breeding  1987  5 breeding pairs  poor  B2, C6  Least Concern 
European Storm-petrel Hydrobates pelagicus breeding  1987  20-30 breeding pairs  good  B1ii, B2, C2, C6  Least Concern 
Charadrius alexandrinus resident  1995  16-22 breeding pairs  good  B2  Not Recognised 

IBA Monitoring

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

Climate change and severe weather drought past (and unlikely to return) and no longer limiting small area/few individuals (<10%) no or imperceptible deterioration low
Human intrusions and disturbance recreational activities happening now majority/most of area/population (50-90%) slow but significant deterioration high
Human intrusions and disturbance work and other activities happening now majority/most of area/population (50-90%) moderate to rapid deterioration high
Invasive and other problematic species and genes invasive non-native/alien species/diseases - named species happening now whole area/population (>90%) moderate to rapid deterioration very high
Over-exploitation, persecution and control of species fishing & harvesting aquatic resources - unintentional effects: subsistence/small scale happening now majority/most of area/population (50-90%) slow but significant deterioration high
Over-exploitation, persecution and control of species hunting & collecting terrestrial animals - intentional use (species being assessed is the target) happening now majority/most of area/population (50-90%) very rapid to severe deterioration very high
Pollution garbage & solid waste happening now some of area/population (10-49%) slow but significant deterioration medium
Residential and commercial development tourism and recreation areas happening now some of area/population (10-49%) slow but significant deterioration medium
Transportation and service corridors shipping lanes happening now some of area/population (10-49%) slow but significant deterioration medium

Calonectris diomedea 2000 2000 individuals 100 favourable
Puffinus assimilis 30 30 breeding pairs 100 favourable
Hydrobates pelagicus European Storm-petrel 30 30 breeding pairs 100 favourable
Hydrobates castro 5 5 breeding pairs 100 favourable

Whole area of site (>90%) covered by appropriate conservation designation  No management planning has taken place  Very little or no conservation action taking place  low 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Dunas de Corralejo e Isla de Lobos - ES0000042 Birds Directive 3,143 protected area contains site 468  
Isla de Lobos Natural Park 468 protected area overlaps with site 468  
Islote de Lobos - ES7010031 Habitats Directive 453 protected area contained by site 453  
Sebadales de Corralejo - ES7010022 Habitats Directive 1,947 protected area is adjacent to site 0  

Habitats

IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Shrubland   -
Desert Semidesert  26%
Sea Sea inlets and coastal features  26%
Coastline Rock stacks and islets; Sand dunes & beaches  -

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
fisheries/aquaculture 26%
tourism/recreation 26%

Protection status National High International High468 ha of IBA covered by Natural Park (Isla de Lobos, 468 ha). 468 ha of IBA covered by Special Protection Area (Dunas de Corralejo e Isla de Lobos, 2,482 ha).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Island of Lobos. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 25/12/2014

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