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Location Spain, Islas Canarias
Central coordinates 18o 9.00' West  27o 44.00' North
IBA criteria B1ii, B2, C2, C6
Area 600 ha
Altitude 0 - 200m
Year of IBA assessment 2000

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Site description West-facing cliffs and rocky islets that form part of the El Hierro coastline.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Osprey Pandion haliaetus resident  1988  2 breeding pairs  good  C6  Least Concern 
Calonectris diomedea breeding  1987  abundant  B1ii, B2, C2, C6  Not Recognised 
Band-rumped Storm-petrel Hydrobates castro breeding  1987  uncommon  B2, C6  Least Concern 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
El Hierro - ES0000103 Birds Directive 12,406 protected area overlaps with site 468  
Frontera Rural Park 12,488 protected area contains site 600  
Frontera - ES7020099 Habitats Directive 8,807 protected area overlaps with site 459  
Mar de Las Calmas - ES7020057 Habitats Directive 9,898 protected area is adjacent to site 0  
Mencáfete - ES7020001 Habitats Directive 455 protected area is adjacent to site 0  

Habitats

IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Shrubland   -
Coastline Rock stacks and islets; Sea cliffs and rocky shores  100%

Land use

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

Protection status National High International High600 ha of IBA covered by Rural Park (Frontera, 12,488 ha). 600 ha of IBA covered by Special Protection Area (El Hierro, 11,980 ha).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Western coast of El Hierro. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 20/08/2014

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