Island of Lobos

Year of compilation: 2000

Site description
Island situated off the north coast of Fuerteventura, with lava fields and some sandy areas. Human activities include fishing and tourism.

Key biodiversity
The site is very important for seabirds, and also for raptors and some steppic species. The coastline provides feeding opportunities for migrating herons (Ardeidae), waders and gulls (Laridae).

Pressure/threats to key biodiversity
Threats include feral cats Felis catus preying upon breeding seabirds, disturbance to birds and habitat degradation caused by the c.100 people that visit the island every day, and poaching of Calonectris diomedea. The area is a game reserve. In 1992 the local government undertook a cat cull, and a census of Chlamydotis undulata followed in 1995.

Protected areas
National High International High468 ha of IBA covered by Natural Park (Isla de Lobos, 468 ha). 468 ha of IBA covered by Special Protection Area (Dunas de Corralejo e Isla de Lobos, 2,482 ha).

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Island of Lobos. Downloaded from on 09/02/2023.