Rasca lava fields-Guaza mountain-Las Mesas plain

Year of compilation: 2000

Site description
A semi-arid landscape located in the south of Tenerife, comprising volcanic cones, lava fields, coastal habitats and arable plains. The vegetation is mainly salt-tolerant and drought-resistant.

Key biodiversity
One of the most important areas left for steppic birds in Tenerife.

Pressure/threats to key biodiversity
Various human activities are damaging and degrading habitats: agricultural intensification, mining, infrastructure development and recreational activities. Illegal hunting also poses a threat. A management plan exists for the Special Natural Reserve.

Protected areas
National Partial International None315 ha of IBA covered by Special Natural Reserve (Malpaís de Rasca, 315 ha). 726 ha of IBA covered by Natural Monument (Montaña de Guaza, 726 ha).

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2021) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Rasca lava fields-Guaza mountain-Las Mesas plain. Downloaded from on 12/04/2021.