Sandy plain of Corralejo

Site description (2000 baseline):

Site location and context
Inland sand-dunes and sand beaches on the north-east coast of Fuerteventura. Human activities include sport boating.

Key biodiversity
The site is important for breeding steppic species and wintering and migrating waders. The area also supports breeding Calonectris diomedea and Charadrius alexandrinus.

Pressure/threats to key biodiversity
Threats include bird collisions with electric powerlines, and disturbance caused to both breeding and wintering birds by tourists. A road follows the coastline, hampering the natural landward movement of coastal sand-dunes. The area is a game reserve, and the local government has undertaken five censuses of Chlamydotis undulata since 1979.

Protected areas
National High International Partial2,668 ha of IBA covered by Natural Park (Corralejo, 2,668 ha). 600 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 Area factsheet: Sandy plain of Corralejo. Downloaded from on 28/11/2023.