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Location Spain, Islas Canarias
Central coordinates 17o 58.00' West  28o 50.00' North
IBA criteria B2, C2, C6
Area 4 ha
Altitude 0 - 80m
Year of IBA assessment 2000


Site description A group of three small islets and rock stacks situated off the north-west coast of La Palma, that support salt-tolerant vegetation.

Key Biodiversity The site is important for breeding seabirds.

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, C2  Not Recognised 
Bulwer's Petrel Bulweria bulwerii breeding  1988  15-20 breeding pairs  medium  B2  Least Concern 
Common Tern Sterna hirundo breeding  1987  2 breeding pairs  good  C6  Least Concern 
Red-billed Chough Pyrrhocorax pyrrhocorax resident  1996  common  B2, C6  Least Concern 

IBA Monitoring

2008 very high favourable low

Human intrusions and disturbance recreational activities happening now whole area/population (>90%) moderate to rapid deterioration very high

Calonectris diomedea 300 300 individuals 100 favourable
Bulweria bulwerii Bulwer's Petrel 20 20 individuals 100 favourable
Sterna hirundo Common Tern 2 2 individuals 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)  
Costa de Garaf Habitats Directive 3,475 protected area contains site 4  
Roques de Garaf Birds Directive 3 protected area overlaps with site 1  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Sea Sea inlets and coastal features  -
Coastline Rock stacks and islets  100%

Land use

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

Protection status National None International None

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Garafía rocky islets. Downloaded from on 27/11/2014

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