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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


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.

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 

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  


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 on 21/09/2014

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