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Location Spain, Islas Canarias
Central coordinates 18o 0.00' West  27o 49.00' North
IBA criteria B1ii, B2, C2, C6
Area 5 ha
Altitude 0 - 92m
Year of IBA assessment 2000


Site description A number of small rocky islets located to the north of El Hierro that support sparse salt-tolerant vegetation.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Bulwer's Petrel Bulweria bulwerii breeding  1987  25-50 breeding pairs  medium  B2, C6  Least Concern 
Band-rumped Storm-petrel Hydrobates castro breeding  1987  uncommon  B2, C6  Least Concern 
European Storm-petrel Hydrobates pelagicus breeding  1987  235-350 breeding pairs  medium  B1ii, B2, C2, C6  Least Concern 
Roseate Tern Sterna dougallii breeding  1990  1 breeding pairs  good  C6  Least Concern 
Common Tern Sterna hirundo breeding  1990  7 breeding pairs  good  C6  Least Concern 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Gorreta y Salmor - ES0000104 Birds Directive 595 protected area is adjacent to site 0  
Roques de Salmor Integral Natural Reserve 4 protected area overlaps with site 4  
Roques de Salmor - ES7020002 Habitats Directive 4 protected area is adjacent to site 0  
Tibataje Special Natural Reserve 601 protected area contains site 5  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Coastline Rock stacks and islets  100%

Land use

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

Protection status National High International High4 ha of IBA covered by Integral Nature Reserve (Roques de Salmor, 4 ha). 5 ha of IBA covered by Special Natural Reserve (Tibataje, 601 ha). 5 ha of IBA covered by Special Protection Area (Gorreta y Salmor, 922 ha).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Salmor rocky islets. Downloaded from on 02/10/2014

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