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Location Spain, Islas Canarias
Central coordinates 17o 57.00' West  28o 41.00' North
IBA criteria B2, C6
Area 40 ha
Altitude 0 - 200m
Year of IBA assessment 2000


Site description A small stretch of coastal cliffs and a rock stack that supports drought-resistant vegetation, situated in the north-west of La Palma.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Barbary Partridge Alectoris barbara resident  1996  frequent  B2  Least Concern 
Calonectris diomedea breeding  1996  frequent  B2  Not Recognised 
Common Tern Sterna hirundo breeding  1996  6 breeding pairs  good  C6  Least Concern 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Acantilado de Las Traviesas - ES0000338 Birds Directive 46 protected area overlaps with site 20  
Barranco del Jorado - ES7020016 Habitats Directive 98 protected area overlaps with site 7  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Sea Sea inlets and coastal features  -
Coastline Rock stacks and islets; Sea cliffs and rocky shores; Shingle & stony beaches  -

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
not utilised 100%

Protection status National None International None

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: El Roque coastal cliffs. Downloaded from on 22/10/2014

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