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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.

Key Biodiversity The site is important for breeding seabirds, and is the second most important site for Hydrobates pelagicus in the Canary Islands.

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 (2015) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Salmor rocky islets. Downloaded from on 29/03/2015

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