Santa Trsula and La Victoria laurel forest

Site description (2000 baseline):

Site location and context
Laurel Laurus forest that has been heavily exploited and is now regenerating. Pinus canariensis forest occurs at higher altitudes, bordered by patches of terraced cultivation and Castanea coppice. Streams provide natural drinking sites. Human activities include the cutting of branches for use in tomato/banana cultivation.

Key biodiversity
The site supports both endemic Columba species, as well as endemic subspecies of several forest passerines.

Pressure/threats to key biodiversity
Introduced rats Rattus prey upon the eggs and chicks of both Columba species, with C. junoniae worst affected. Forestry practices destroy and degrade the Laurus forest. Illegal hunting of C. bollii and C. junoniae takes place. Various studies have been undertaken on the biology, distribution, ecology and conservation of the two Columba species.

Protected areas
National High International None450 ha of IBA covered by Protected Landscape (La Resbala, 777 ha). 1,350 ha of IBA covered by Protected Landscape (Las Lagunetas, 3,800 ha). 400 ha of IBA covered by Special Natural Reserve (Las Palomas, 584 ha). 50 ha of IBA covered by Integral Nature Reserve (Pinoleris, 181 ha).

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Area factsheet: Santa Trsula and La Victoria laurel forest. Downloaded from on 01/12/2023.