Cíes islands

Country/territory: Spain

IBA Criteria met: A4i, B1i, B3, C2, C6 (2011)
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Area: 467 ha

Protection status:

Most recent IBA monitoring assessment
Year of assessment Threat score (pressure) Condition score (state) Action score (response)
2008 very high not assessed low
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Site description
Two islands in the Ría de Vigo estuary with extensive areas of cliff. The vegetation is mainly scrub and Pinus and Eucalyptus plantations. The main human activities are tourism and recreation.

Key biodiversity
This is an important site for breeding seabirds with one of the largest colonies of Larus cachinnans in the world and of Phalacrocorax aristotelis in Europe.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2020) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Cíes islands. Downloaded from on 27/10/2020.