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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


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

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 

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  


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 on 21/09/2014

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