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Location Spain, Islas Canarias
Central coordinates 17o 58.00' West  27o 46.00' North
IBA criteria B3
Area 2,000 ha
Altitude 800 - 1,100m
Year of IBA assessment 2000


Site description An area of mainly grassland, with some scrub and agricultural land, situated in the north-east of El Hierro. Human activities include stock-farming.

Key Biodiversity The site is also important for Burhinus oedicnemus, endemic subspecies of several steppic passerines, and as a feeding area for raptors. It is one of the most important wintering and passage stop-over sites on the island.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Island Canary Serinus canaria resident  1996  abundant  B3  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 is adjacent to site 0  
Frontera - ES7020099 Habitats Directive 8,807 protected area is adjacent to site 0  
Garoé - ES0000102 Birds Directive 1,124 protected area overlaps with site 197  
Gorreta y Salmor - ES0000104 Birds Directive 595 protected area overlaps with site 42  
Risco de Las Playas - ES7020004 Habitats Directive 967 protected area is adjacent to site 0  
Tibataje - ES7020003 Habitats Directive 593 protected area overlaps with site 42  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Shrubland   26%
Grassland Steppes and dry calcareous grassland  26%
Rocky areas Inland cliffs  -
Artificial - terrestrial Arable land; Ruderal land  26%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture 26%

Protection status National None International None

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2015) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Nizdafe plains. Downloaded from on 27/01/2015

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