Famara sandy plain

Year of compilation: 2000

Site description
A sandy landscape comprising scrub, drought-resistant grassland and rocky habitats located in the north of Lanzarote. Goat-grazing is the main human activity.

Key biodiversity
The site is important for Chlamydotis undulata and other steppic species.

Pressure/threats to key biodiversity
Goat-grazing, gravel extraction, electric powerlines and disturbance to birds caused by safaris are the most important threats to the site. The area is a game refuge, and the local government has undertaken five censuses of Chlamydotis undulata since 1978.

Protected areas
National Partial International None1,900 ha of IBA covered by Natural Park (Archipiélago Chinijo, 9,112 ha).

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Famara sandy plain. Downloaded from on 25/03/2023.