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Location Spain, Islas Canarias
Central coordinates 17o 18.00' West  28o 3.00' North
IBA criteria B1ii, B2, C2, C6
Area 600 ha
Altitude 0 - 200m
Year of IBA assessment 2000


Site description Sea cliffs, rock stacks, small beaches and intertidal zones along the south-west coast of La Gomera (between Punta de la Calera and Playa de Santiago).

Key Biodiversity One of the most important areas on La Gomera for breeding seabirds. The site holds the majority of the island's population of Bulweria bulwerii as well as one of the main Puffinus assimilis colonies in the Canary Islands.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Calonectris diomedea breeding  1987  300 breeding pairs  medium  B2, C6  Not Recognised 
Puffinus assimilis breeding  1987  frequent  B1ii, B2, C2, C6  Not Recognised 
Bulwer's Petrel Bulweria bulwerii breeding  1988  50-100 breeding pairs  medium  B2, C6  Least Concern 
European Storm-petrel Hydrobates pelagicus breeding  1993  50 breeding pairs  medium  B1ii, B2, C2, C6  Least Concern 
Common Tern Sterna hirundo breeding  1987  2 breeding pairs  medium  C6  Least Concern 
Osprey Pandion haliaetus resident  1992  3 breeding pairs  good  C6  Least Concern 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Acantilados de Alajero Site of Scientific Interest 297 protected area overlaps with site 250  
Charco del Cieno Site of Scientific Interest 6 protected area contained by site 6  
Charco del Conde Site of Scientific Interest 11 protected area contained by site 11  
Orone Protected Landscape 1,788 protected area overlaps with site 50  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Sea Sea inlets and coastal features  -
Coastline Rock stacks and islets; Sea cliffs and rocky shores; Shingle & stony beaches  -

Land use

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

Protection status National Partial International Partial250 ha of IBA covered by Site of Scientific Interest (Acantilados de Alajeró, 297 ha). 6 ha of IBA covered by Site of Scientific Interest (Charco del Cieno, 6 ha). 11 ha of IBA covered by Site of Scientific Interest (Charco del Conde, 11 ha). 50 ha of IBA covered by Protected Landscape (Orone, 1,788 ha). 140 ha of IBA covered by Rural Park (Valle Gran Rey, 1,192 ha). 250 ha of IBA covered by Special Protection Area (Acantilados de Alajeró, 306 ha).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: South-west coast of La Gomera. Downloaded from on 25/10/2016

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