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Location Spain, Islas Canarias
Central coordinates 16o 46.00' West  28o 23.00' North
IBA criteria B2, C6
Area 5 ha
Altitude 0 - 77m
Year of IBA assessment 2000

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Site description A small volcanic islet situated very close to the northern coast of Tenerife, with no infrastructure. It supports salt-tolerant vegetation, and an endemic Euphorbia species that is typical of semi-desertic habitats. Minor land-uses include hunting.

Key Biodiversity The site is important for breeding seabirds, and as a roosting site for wintering herons.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Bulwer's Petrel Bulweria bulwerii breeding  1990  40-50 breeding pairs  good  B2, C6  Least Concern 
Band-rumped Storm-petrel Hydrobates castro breeding  1995  common  B2  Least Concern 

IBA Monitoring

2008 medium favourable low
Population
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Geological events earthquakes/tsunamis happening now small area/few individuals (<10%) no or imperceptible deterioration low
Human intrusions and disturbance recreational activities happening now some of area/population (10-49%) slow but significant deterioration medium
Human intrusions and disturbance work and other activities happening now some of area/population (10-49%) slow but significant deterioration medium
Invasive and other problematic species and genes invasive non-native/alien species/diseases - unspecified species past (and unlikely to return) and no longer limiting whole area/population (>90%) very rapid to severe deterioration low
Over-exploitation, persecution and control of species gathering terrestrial plants - unintentional effects (species being assessed is not the target) 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%) slow but significant deterioration medium
Pollution garbage & solid waste happening now some of area/population (10-49%) slow but significant deterioration medium

Calonectris diomedea 50 50 breeding pairs 100 favourable
Bulweria bulwerii Bulwer's Petrel 20 20 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)  
Roque de Garachico Natural Monument 5 protected area overlaps with site 5  
Roque de Garachico - ES7020066 Birds Directive 3 protected area contained by site 3  

Habitats

IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Coastline Rock stacks and islets  100%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
fisheries/aquaculture 100%
tourism/recreation 100%

Protection status National High International None5 ha of IBA covered by Natural Monument (Roque de Garachico, 5 ha).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Garachico rocky islet. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 21/12/2014

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