The site comprises a mountainous area with rocky plains, and includes a gully with running water, and saltpans and sea cliffs at the coast. Scrub, drought-resistant grassland and crops all occur. Human activities include cattle-grazing.
An important area for raptors, El Cuchillete de Buenavista holds the largest number of breeding Neophron percnopterus in the Canaries. It is also the most important area on Fuerteventura for Pterocles orientalis. The coast and saltpans support wintering and migrating waders.
Pressure/threats to key biodiversity
The main threat is posed by tourism (for example, jeep-safaris). Additional threats include bird collisions with electric powerlines, the possible construction of an aerodrome and illegal hunting. Five censuses of Chlamydotis undulata have been undertaken since 1979, and bird collisions with powerlines are monitored.