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Location Spain, Islas Canarias
Central coordinates 17o 16.00' West  28o 13.00' North
IBA criteria C6
Area 59 ha
Altitude 0 - 250m
Year of IBA assessment 2000


Site description Sea cliffs and rock stacks along the northern coast of La Gomera. The cliff tops support grassland, Juniperus bushes and pine Pinus plantations. Human activities include livestock-grazing.

Key Biodiversity The site is important due to the potential for recolonization by Pandion haliaetus, numbers of which are increasing on the island.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Common Tern Sterna hirundo breeding  1987  5-6 breeding pairs  good  C6  Least Concern 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Costa de los Órganos - ES7020125 Habitats Directive 1,164 protected area overlaps with site 28  
Los Organos Natural Monument 154 protected area overlaps with site 55  
Los Órganos - ES0000108 Habitats Directive 150 protected area overlaps with site 24  
Los Órganos - ES0000341 Birds Directive 183 protected area overlaps with site 30  
Teselinde-Cabecera de Vallehermoso - ES7020097 Habitats Directive 2,341 protected area overlaps with site 7  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Grassland   -
Coastline Sea cliffs and rocky shores  100%
Artificial - terrestrial Arable land; Forestry plantations  -

Land use

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

Protection status National High International High55 ha of IBA covered by Natural Monument (Los Organos, 154 ha). 55 ha of IBA covered by Special Protection Area (Los Organos, 106 ha).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2015) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Vallehermoso coast. Downloaded from on 25/04/2015

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