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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.

Key Biodiversity The site is also important as a possible breeding site for Pyrrhocorax pyrrhocorax.

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 

IBA Monitoring

2008 very high favourable negligible
Poor - based on little, or potentially unreliable/unrepresentative, data

Biological resource use fishing & harvesting aquatic resources - unintentional effects: large scale happening now whole area/population (>90%) moderate to rapid deterioration very high
Human intrusions and disturbance recreational activities happening now some of area/population (10-49%) slow but significant deterioration medium
Residential and commercial development tourism and recreation areas happening now whole area/population (>90%) slow but significant deterioration high

Sterna hirundo Common Tern 6 6 individuals 100 favourable

Little/none of site covered (<10%)  No management planning has taken place  Very little or no conservation action taking place  negligible 


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 (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: El Roque coastal cliffs. Downloaded from on 22/10/2016

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