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El Canal y Los Tiles laurel forest
Spain, Islas Canarias
17o 49.00' West 28o 46.00' North
A1, A2, B2, B3, C1, C6
250 - 1,800m
Year of IBA assessment
Site description Several valleys that support the most valuable laurel Laurus forest on La Palma. Located in the north-east of the island, the site also contains mixed (Laurus and Pinus canariensis) and coniferous woodland, exposed bedrock and cliffs. In the past, forests were intensively exploited, water-ways were channelized, and livestock-grazing and hunting took place.
Key Biodiversity One of the most important sites on the island for the endemic Columba species. The site is also important for other forest passerines.
Protection statusNational Partial International High250 ha of IBA covered by Natural Park (Las Nieves, 5,094 ha). 511 ha of IBA covered by Biosphere Reserve (El Canal y Los Tiles, 511 ha). 250 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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