Nizdafe plains

Year of compilation: 2000

Site description
An area of mainly grassland, with some scrub and agricultural land, situated in the north-east of El Hierro. Human activities include stock-farming.

Key biodiversity
The site is also important for Burhinus oedicnemus, endemic subspecies of several steppic passerines, and as a feeding area for raptors. It is one of the most important wintering and passage stop-over sites on the island.

Pressure/threats to key biodiversity
Several main roads traverse the area, causing habitat degradation and disturbance to birds. Illegal hunting is also a problem.

Protected areas
National None International None

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2022) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Nizdafe plains. Downloaded from on 08/08/2022.