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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 20,460 ha
Altitude 0 - 200m
Year of IBA assessment 2000


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

Key Biodiversity A very important area for breeding seabirds and raptors. The Calonectris diomedea colony is among the most important on El Hierro.

Populations of IBA trigger species

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

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Frontera Rural Park 12,488 protected area contains site 600  


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 (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Western coast of El Hierro. Downloaded from on 27/10/2016

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