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Location Spain, Islas Canarias
Central coordinates 17o 49.00' West  28o 44.00' North
IBA criteria A1, A2, B2, B3, C1, C2, C6
Area 14,800 ha
Altitude 100 - 2,200m
Year of IBA assessment 2000

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Site description A large mountainous area in the north-east of La Palma with deep gullies, exposed bedrock, inland cliffs, laurel Laurus forest and agricultural land. There are few villages and roads in the area. Human activities include livestock-farming.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Eurasian Sparrowhawk Accipiter nisus resident  1988  common [units unknown]  C6  Least Concern 
Dark-tailed Laurel Pigeon Columba bollii resident  1985  125-150 breeding pairs  medium  A1, A2, B2, C1, C2, C6  Least Concern 
White-tailed Laurel Pigeon Columba junoniae resident  1985  500-600 breeding pairs  medium  A1, A2, B2, C1, C2, C6  Near Threatened 
Plain Swift Apus unicolor resident  1996  present [units unknown]  A2  Least Concern 
Red-billed Chough Pyrrhocorax pyrrhocorax resident  1996  present [units unknown]  B2, C6  Least Concern 
Goldcrest Regulus regulus resident  1996  present [units unknown]  A2, B3  Least Concern 
Berthelot's Pipit Anthus berthelotii resident  1996  common [units unknown]  A2  Least Concern 
Island Canary Serinus canaria resident  1996  present [units unknown]  A2  Least Concern 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Barlovento, Garaf Habitats Directive 5,562 protected area contained by site 5,562  
Barranco de las Angustias - ES7020021 Habitats Directive 1,699 protected area overlaps with site 522  
Barranco del Agua Site of Scientific Interest 75 protected area contained by site 75  
Barranco del Agua - ES7020025 Habitats Directive 74 protected area overlaps with site 5  
Breña Alta - ES7020087 Habitats Directive 61 protected area contained by site 61  
Caldera de Taburiente - ES0000043 Birds Directive 4,355 protected area is adjacent to site 0  
Cumbre Vieja Nature Park 7,500 protected area overlaps with site 600  
Cumbre Vieja - ES7020011 Habitats Directive 7,522 protected area overlaps with site 463  
Cumbres y acantilados del norte de La Palma - ES0000114 Birds Directive 22,701 protected area overlaps with site 9,911  
El Paso y Santa Cruz de La Palma - ES7020085 Habitats Directive 1,390 protected area overlaps with site 118  
El Tablao Protected Landscape 222 protected area contained by site 222  
Guelguen Special Nature Reserve 1,074 protected area overlaps with site 450  
Guelguén - ES7020009 Habitats Directive 1,062 protected area overlaps with site 415  
Juan Mayor - ES7020024 Habitats Directive 28 protected area is adjacent to site 0  
Las Nieves Nature Park 5,094 protected area contained by site 5,094  
Las Nieves - ES7020010 Habitats Directive 5,115 protected area overlaps with site 2,314  
Los Sables - ES7020064 Habitats Directive 3 protected area contained by site 3  
Monteverde de Barranco Seco-Barranco del Agua - ES7020093 Habitats Directive 1,939 protected area overlaps with site 885  
Monteverde de Breña Alta - ES7020094 Habitats Directive 823 protected area contained by site 823  
Monteverde de Don Pedro-Juan Adalid - ES7020090 Habitats Directive 483 protected area contained by site 483  
Monteverde de Gallegos-Franceses - ES7020091 Habitats Directive 1,409 protected area contained by site 1,409  
Monteverde de Lomo Grande - ES7020092 Habitats Directive 495 protected area overlaps with site 226  
Pinar de Garaf Habitats Directive 1,028 protected area contained by site 1,028  
Pinar de Garafía Integral Natural Reserve 984 protected area overlaps with site 984  
Sabinar de La Galga - ES7020089 Habitats Directive 81 protected area is adjacent to site 0  
Santa Cruz de La Palma - ES7020086 Habitats Directive 216 protected area contained by site 216  
Tablado - ES7020020 Habitats Directive 224 protected area contained by site 224  

Habitats

IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Broadleaved evergreen woodland; Native coniferous woodland  26%
Shrubland Heathland; Scrub  -
Wetlands (inland) Rivers and streams  -
Rocky areas Inland cliffs  -
Artificial - terrestrial Arable land  -
Introduced vegetation   -

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture 26%
hunting -
forestry -
nature conservation and research -
tourism/recreation -

Protection status National Partial International Partial75 ha of IBA covered by Site of Scientific Interest (Barranco del Agua, 75 ha). 600 ha of IBA covered by Natural Park (Cumbre Vieja, 7,499 ha). 222 ha of IBA covered by Protected Landscape (El Tablao, 222 ha). 450 ha of IBA covered by Special Natural Reserve (Guelguén, 1,074 ha). 5,094 ha of IBA covered by Natural Park (Las Nieves, 5,094 ha). 984 ha of IBA covered by Integral Nature Reserve (Pinar de Garafía, 984 ha). 4,067 ha of IBA covered by Special Protection Area (Monte de los Sauces, Punta Llana y Pinar de Garafía, 4,067 ha).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: La Palma laurel forest. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 19/04/2014

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