The site comprises a mountainous area with rocky plains, and includes a gully with running water, and saltpans and sea cliffs at the coast. Scrub, drought-resistant grassland and crops all occur. Human activities include cattle-grazing.
An important area for raptors, El Cuchillete de Buenavista holds the largest number of breeding Neophron percnopterus in the Canaries. It is also the most important area on Fuerteventura for Pterocles orientalis. The coast and saltpans support wintering and migrating waders.
BirdLife International (2020) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Cuchillete de Buenavista-gully of La Torre-Los Alares. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 21/01/2020.